LAO CAI (VNS) — The Lao Cai Centre bus station commenced operations on Sunday.
The station is spread over 3.5ha in Lao Cai City. It can handle up to 500 buses at a time, has a digital camera monitoring system and offers computerised registration of vehicles entering and leaving the station.
In addition, there are restaurants and entertainment and shopping centres in the bus station.
Deputy Transport Minister Le Dinh Tho said that the Lao Cai Centre bus station is a successful model of public-private partnership (PPP).
The project aims to help the province in curbing temporary stops and unauthorised operation of buses, and improve the transport sector's service quality.
The construction of the VND150-billion ($US700, 000) bus station began in May 2013.
A similar project, the Sa Pa Bus Station, will soon be launched. — VNS