Son La connects remote villages to national grid hinh anh 1Illustration photo (Photo: VNA)
Another six Mong ethnic villages in Hang Chu commune, Bac Yen district in the northern mountainous province of Son La have just been connected to the national power grid under a local project, according to the Son La Electricity Company. 

The link came just in time for local residents in seven out of 10 villages in the commune to celebrate the 70 th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). 

The project funded the construction of two transformers and 54 pillars and the installation of more than seven kilometres of cable and hundreds of power reading meters. 

A similar project has been implemented to benefit 150 Thai ethnic minority households in Bom Nam and Giang, the two last villages to access electricity in the remote commune of Chieng Den. 

The rate of households currently using electricity in the province is nearly 86 percent, below the country’s average. About 27,000 households in the province still lack access to electricity. 

To ensure all remote villages are connected with the national grid, the province and the Northern Power Corporation under the Electricity of Vietnam launched a project to supply electricity to the targeted families in September. 

The project, worth 135 billion VND (6.25 million USD), aims to connect 5,345 households in 72 remote villages of Mai Son and Song Ma districts to the national grid. 

Another project worth 557 billion VND (25.8 million USD) that began in May 2012 has so far supplied electricity to 20,836 households in the locality.-VNA