Work begins on $83mn road in Vietnam’s land of terraced fields

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Work begins on $83mn road in Vietnam’s land of terraced fields

A terrace rice field in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Yen Bai Province, northern Vietnam have kick-started the construction of a VND1.9 trillion (US$83.1 million) road stretching 69 kilometers to boost local connecticity and tourism.

The groundbreaking of the project was organized by the Yen Bai People’s Committee on Saturday.

Spanning 69 kilometers, the route will connect the section of National Highway No. 31 in Mu Cang Chai District, which is home to scenic terraced rice fields in Yen Bai Province, with Noi Bai-Lao Expressway, which links Hanoi to Lao Cai Province.

The new road is aimed at boosting connectivity in Yen Bai, Son La, and Lai Chau Provinces and contributing to the development of local tourism.

The project costs VND1.9 trillion ($83.1 million), which is funded by the state budget, Tran Xuan Cuong, director of Yen Bai’s management board for traffic construction, stated, adding that the construction will last for about 35 months.

This is the most expensive traffic project to be approved by the Yen Bai People’s Committee, said chairman Tran Huy Tuan.

The administration will continue encouraging local residents to hand over their land to make way for the project implementation.

The groundbreaking of the project is organized in Yen Bai Province, January 1, 2022. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The groundbreaking of the project is organized in Yen Bai Province, January 1, 2022. Photo: Vu Tuan / Tuoi Tre

If the site clearance process is complete, the road will be finished earlier than scheduled, chairman Tuan elaborated.

Yen Ban has classified tourism as an important economic sector with great potential, provincial Party chief Do Duc Duy told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, adding that the province is famous for its natural landscapes, ecological environment, biodiversity, and the cultural identity of local ethnic groups.

Tourism development requires improvement in traffic infrastructure to boost connectivity and attract more visitors, Duy continued.

Local authorities prioritize projects that connect popular destinations, namely Mu Cang Chai District, Thac Ba Lake, Nghia Lo Commune, and Muong Lo Valley.

Residents have been willing to hand over their land for the implementation of several key projects over the past years, the official added.

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