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Binh Duong spends big on rural transport

Update: June, 16/2014 - 09:09
The southern province of Binh Duong plans to spend VND152 billion (US$7.2 million) to improve rural transport and urban areas. — Photo binhduong

BINH DUONG (VNS) — The southern province of Binh Duong plans to spend VND152 billion (US$7.2 million) to improve rural transport and urban areas.

Vice chairman of the provincial People's Committee, Tran Van Nam, said the projects were expected to connect national roads with provincial areas, including districts and communes.

"This infrastructure will help to connect production areas with industrial processing zones more efficiently," he said.

The districts of Phu Giao, Dau Tieng, Bac Tan Uyen and Bau Bang will focus on upgrading rural roads, while Thu Dau Mot City, Di An Town and the districts of Thuan An, Ben Cat and Tan Uyen will look to improve urban facilities.

Besides funding from State budget, people were being encouraged to contribute to the work, he said.

Nam urged local authorities and members of the public to maintain their roads to avoid damaging them.

He noted that careless driving in the past had led to their degradation.

According to the provincial Transport Department, the province had spent nearly VND1.5 trillion ($70.75 million) on 2,383 transport projects in the last four years, including 238 kilometres of asphalted road, 103 kilometres of concrete road and 805 kilometres of gravel paths.

Binh Duong is one of the leading industrial hubs in Viet Nam, and has seen a strong inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI), with US$815 million registered in the locality.

The province is now home to 2,255 valid foreign-invested projects, worth a combined $20 billion. In 2013, foreign-invested sectors contributed about 75 per cent of the province's industrial production value, and 80 per cent of Binh Duong's $16 billion export turnover. — VNS

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