Transport infrastructure boosts Central Highlands’ development hinh anh 1A section of the National Highway 19 (Source: VNA)

Dak Lak (VNA) – Upgrades will be made to all key roads in the Central Highlands region from now to 2020 with a view to boosting local socio-economic development, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Focus will be put on developing the road system, with Ho Chi Minh Highway being the backbone to develop routes connecting with vicinal areas and neighbouring countries.  All communes in the region will have concrete roads leading to downtown areas.

Investment will also be made to enhance the quality of regional airports to serve A320 and A321 airplanes around the clock, such as Lien Khuong airport in Lam Dong, Buon Ma Thuot airport in Dak Lak, and Pleidu airport in Gia Lai province.

Railway will be built, connecting Gia Nghia in Dak Nong province to Mui Ne in Binh Thuan province to serve bauxite projects, while repairing the Thap Cham – Da Lat railway to serve tourism development in Da Lat city of Lam Dong province.

Since 2011, dozens of trillion dongs have been poured into developing the transport infrastructure system in the Central Highlands, particularly the key works of Ho Chi Minh Highway section running through the Central Highlands (or National Highway 14), national highways, 19, 20 and 28, thus facilitating the travel of local residents and improving the competitiveness of firms in the region.

Currently, the Central Highlands has a combined length of roads of nearly 40,000 km, accounting for over 7.33 percent of the nation’s transport system. Nearly half of the network is concrete roads.

The Central Highlands comprises of Lam Dong, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Dak Nong and Gia Lai provinces. -VNA