New bridges benefit ethnic minority people in Kon Tum hinh anh 1Illustrative image. (Source: VNA)
The Ministry of Construction has nearly finished the construction of five suspension bridges in Tu Mo Rong and Dak To districts in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum after three months of work, benefiting more than 5,000 locals, mostly from the Xe Dang ethnic minority group.

The steel and iron bridges, which are 2-metres in surface width and at least 100-metres in length, had a total investment of 28 billion VND (1.25 million USD).

They are part of a Ministry of Construction project to build 186 civil suspension bridges in 28 mountainous provinces in the northern, central and Central Highlands regions.

All old suspension bridges in the two districts were destroyed more than six years ago during devastating floods and storms, causing numerous difficulties in the travel and production of locals and nearly isolating the localities in the rainy season.

A Lok, a local in Nang Nho 1 village, Dak Sao commune, Tu Mo Rong district, expressed his delight that the new bridges enable villagers to travel more safely and transport their farm produce to other localities.

According to Tran Thanh Hai, Vice Director of Project Management Unit 1 under the Kon Tum Department of Construction, a training course will be held for officials in communes where the bridges are located on how to operate, manage and maintain the bridges to ensure their durability.-VNA