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Power lines to reach poor households

Update: January, 27/2015 - 08:49
Electrical engineers at Na Bung Commune in Dien Bien Province's Nam Po District. The Prime Minister urged EVN to create a power system and improve existing lines for disadvantaged and less developed areas in the country. — VNA/VNS Photo Chu Quoc Hung

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam would need at least VND30 trillion (US$1.42 billion) to bring stable power to the remaining disadvantaged communes, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang said.

Of that amount, the country would receive VND3.059 trillion ($145.6 million) in Official Development Assistance funds to work on installing power lines from 2013 to 2020, he said.

The ministry will need to raise VND27 trillion ($1.28 billion) from private enterprises, foreign investors and the Government to install the necessary power systems and improve the quality of existing lines in disadvantaged areas.

It will cost the ministry VND5 to 10 billion ($238,000 to $476,000) to give power to one commune that already meets new standards for rural areas on upgraded infrastructure and living conditions. However, he said, it would be more difficult and costly to bring power to mountainous, less developed areas. It would cost about VND100 million ($4,760) per household.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on January 15 approved EVN's plan to spend $3.3 million to create power systems and improve existing ones for more than 61,600 households in disadvantaged areas in 10 provinces, including Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La and Gia Lai.

The project, set to end in 2016, aims to improve people's working and living conditions by installing power lines for them.

According to EVN, Viet Nam currently has 91 communes with 550,000 households that aren't connected to the national power network and 750,000 households in disadvantaged areas using substandard power. — VNS

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