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Son La (VNA) – More than 9,100 families in three districts of the northern mountainous province of Son La have been connected to the national grid, just one month before Lunar New Year 2017.

This is the result of a two-year project to bring electricity to 120 mountainous villages across nine communes in Mai Son, Thuan Son and Song Ma districts in Son La.

Addressing the celebration of the project’s conclusion on December 17, Chairman of Son La People’s Committee Cam Ngoc Minh said that the project will facilitate poverty alleviation efforts and the building of new rural areas in disadvantaged localities, thus improving local people’s lives.

The project also brings the proportion of residents in Son La having access to electricity to 86.7 percent. The figure is expected to reach 97.5 percent in 2020.

On the occasion, the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) Northern Power Corporation launched another project to bring electricity to 114 villages in four districts of Thuan Chau, Muong La, Bac Yen and Phu Yen in Son La.   

The project will be carried out from 2016 to 2018 at an estimated cost of 378 billion VND (16.6 million USD). Upon its completion, additional 4,700 families will be connected to the national grid.-VNA