Prime Minister stresses importance of rail transport

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended the year-beginning launch of forces for the upgrade of the Nha Trang - Saigon rail route at Thap Cham Station in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan on January 26.

The upgrade of the 411km section, part of a project on renovating the Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City rail route, has a total investment of nearly VND1.1 trillion (US$46.8 million) funded by the state budget, and it traverses the provinces of Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Dong Nai and Binh Duong, and HCM City.

Addressing the launch, PM Chinh said developing comprehensive infrastructure, especially transport one, is a top priority of the Party and State and also one of the three targeted strategic breakthroughs.

He highlighted the important role of rail transport throughout the country’s history, noting that rail transport holds many advantages and is critical to socio-economic development, defence, and security safeguarding.

Developing transport infrastructure, including railways, is a task of not only the Transport Ministry but also other ministries, sectors, and localities, the PM noted, affirming the Government’s consistent attention and strong directions to ensure progress and quality of transport projects.

The same day, PM Chinh examined the construction of Nha Trang - Cam Lam Expressway, part of the North - South Expressway project, in Khanh Hoa.

Nha Trang - Cam Lam Expressway is over 49km long, from Dien Tho commune of Dien Khanh district to Cam Thinh Tay commune of Cam Ranh city.

The road is invested with over VND5.5 trillion through public - private partnership, including nearly VND3 trillion from the state budget and VND2.5 trillion from the Son Hai Group. Its construction started in September 2021.

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