Over 4,000 bridges to be built for ethnic minorities by 2020 hinh anh 1An unsafe bridge in Trang Bang district, Tay Ninh (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Around 4,000 bridges will be built to facilitate the travel and livelihoods of ethnic minority groups across the country by 2020 as part of the second phase of a Government programme.

The programme, worth nearly 8,340 billion VND (337 million USD), is being implemented in 5,237 communes in 450 districts across 50 provinces and cities from 2014-2020.

Priorities have been given to 63 disadvantaged districts in accordance with Government Decree No. 30a/2008/NQ-CP issued in 2008.

In the first phase from 2014-2015, 186 bridges were built in 28 mountainous provinces throughout the nation, costing the State budget 931.7 billion VND (41 million USD).

Phase 2 will be subsidised by official development assistance (ODA), local budgets and social resources.-VNA