The central province of Quang Ngai will launch a new sea route between Ly Son island and An Binh islet at the end of this month.

Vice Chairwoman of the Ly Son district People’s Committee Pham Thi Huong confirmed this on March 3.

The three-mile-long internal waterway will be a key transport route for passengers and cargo.

“The route will ease the travel for the local people between the district and islet. A 30-seat passenger ship will run every day, every 15 minutes,” Huong said.

An Binh, which is home to 500 residents, got access to fresh water for the first time two years ago.

“The route will also reduce the cost of fresh water during the dry season as the islet people have to buy water for at least 180,000 VND per cubic metre from Ly Son,” Huong said, adding that the residents in An Binh travel to Ly Son and back by boat.

The etre islet is yet to get connected to the electric grid or the Internet, while the solar energy system offers enough power for only a few hours.

The new route will boost tourism services in the island which has 100 cultural and historical monuments.-VNA