Tourist trains at the Da Lat Railway Station in Lam Dong Province. The province plans to develop a local railway system by 2030. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Do
LAM DONG — The People's Council in Lam Dong Province plans to spend US$3 billion to develop a local railway system by 2030, according to a council member.
Under the 10-year scheme, the province's railway system will include urban railway lines and inter-provincial railway lines.
To realise these objectives, one of the immediate and important jobs is to restore and upgrade the old Thap Cham–Da Lat Railway that cuts through mountainous areas.
This 84-km-long railway, which links Phan Rang-Thap Cham City in the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan and Da Lat, opened in 1931.
Ten kilometres of the railway are structured in a zigzag shape (especially for use on steep slopes). They extend from the Song Pha Mountain Pass to Eo Gio and also the Ngoan Muc Pass.
In addition to the old line, Lam Dong will also build new railway lines to serve the development of the aluminium industry in the Central Highlands province of Tay Nguyen and the southern-central regions.
The new railway system will include a section from Gia Nghia Town in Dak Nong Province to the Tan Rai Aluminium Factory in Lam Dong, ending at the Ke Ga Port in Binh Thuan Province.
This railway line will have a length of 250 kilometres, including 97.6 km in Lam Dong Province.
The multi-purpose line will be a trix-twin railway with a gauge of 1,435mm, which is expected to facilitate the transport of bauxite exploited from Tan Nguyen to the seaport.
Another new railway one will also be built to link Dac Nong Province with Lam Dong Province over a section of 150 kilometres.
An important part of Lam Dong's railway development plan is a new urban railway network within Da Lat that will serve tourism activities.
Six monorail lines running from Da Lat's centre to tourism destinations such as Suoi Vang, Langbian, Tinh Yeu valley, Tuyen Lam Lake and Lien Khuong Airport, will be built. The length of each section will be 18.5 km, 8.55 km, 6.9 km, 11.7 km and 28.2 km, respectively.—VNS