|Minister Thang (centre) meets with Cao Bang delegates to the National Assembly yesterday in Ha Noi. — Photo baogiaothong.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has promised to invest in improving roads in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang.
He will also provide a mobile weighing station to check the weight of overloaded trucks.
Thang made the promises yesterday while receiving a group of Cao Bang delegates who are in Ha Noi for the 13th National Assembly's 9th session.
La Ngoc Thoang, head of the delegation, told Minister Thang that the ministry and the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam, which is under the ministry, had earlier issued separate decisions to approve the upgrading of two sections on Highways 34 and 4A in the province, which have been branded as ‘black spots' due to their degraded road surfaces, leading to frequent road accidents. He expected the promised investments to arrive soon.
These two ‘black spots' include a section of road stretching from Km 85 to Km 114 on Highway 34 in the province's Bao Lam and Bao Lac districts, as well as another section running from Km 85+600 to Km 91+100 in Thach An District on Highway 4A.
In response to their request, Thang said that this month the Road Maintenance Fund, under the ministry, will begin allocating money for upgrading these roads.
"In case the Fund has not had enough funding, contractors (of these road projects) will be asked to upfront their own money," Thang assured the Cao Bang delegates.
Regarding overloaded trucks damaging the province's roads, Minister Thang told the guests that this month he would also ask the Directorate for Roads to provide a mobile weighing station for the province to check trucks.
"The other day, I traveled to Ban Gioc Waterfall, where I saw with my naked eyes hundreds of overloaded trucks on the road," Thang was quoted by the Giao thong (Transport) newspaper as saying.
Further, he called the attention of provincial leaders to this problem, urging them to take different measures, including issuing strict punishments to overloaded trucks. — NS