Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung initiated the 27km underground cable connecting Ly Son island district in the central province of Quang Ngai to the national electricity grid on September 28.

The project, started in October last year and finished three months ahead of schedule, makes Ly Son the third island district in the country to join the national power grid so far, after Co To in northern Quang Ninh province and Phu Quoc in southern Kien Giang province.

Islanders can now enjoy a reliable supply of electricity around the clock as opposed to six hours a day in the past.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, PM Nguyen Tan Dung said the project is significant for socio-economic and cultural development as well as defence and security in the island district. Furthermore, it will improve residents’ living conditions.

He praised the efforts of contractors, workers and relevant agencies in ensuring the safety, quality and efficiency of the project.

He asked Quang Ngai province and in Ly Son particular to manage the project effectively, contributing to economic growth on the island in all areas and safeguarding national sovereignty over sea and islands.

Earlier on September 27, the Government leader held a working session with the key leaders of Quang Ngai province, during which he asked the locality to review its socio-economic circumstances to ensure all objectives are met.

At the same time, Quang Ngai should speed up a number of key projects, including the construction of the Highway 1 and Highway 24 sections that run through the locality, and prepare for the upcoming flood season, he said.

He also requested the province to outline a plan for 2015 to make full use of its advantages in maritime economy, aquaculture and seafood processing, industry, services and tourism.

Meanwhile, Quang Ngai should pay more attention to removing barriers for local enterprises, and undertake more efforts to attract investment in its industrial parks.

During the session, the PM provided feedback on a number of Quang Ngai’s proposals regarding financial assistance for ground clearance and resettlement efforts for key industrial and transport projects, and the programme to build new-style rural areas.-VNA