Illustrative photo. (Photo: VNA)

The northern mountainous province of Son La plans to splash out 1.26 trillion VND (56 million USD) for the construction of an electricity grid in rural areas from 2016-2020 to ensure electricity access for most local households.

An additional 21,000 local households are expected to be connected to the national grid by 2020, raising the total electricity users to 246,000 families or 95 percent of the target.

Along with mobilising financial sources to provide power for residents in Bac Yen, Van Ho and Muong La districts, the province will continue projects to supply electricity to 5,300 families in Mai Son and Song Ma districts by the year’s end.

As of the end of August, some 40,000 residents still lacked access to electricity in 570 hamlets while 86 percent of the local households and 82 percent of the total hamlets have used electricity.-VNA