The Pom Lot-Nua Ngam-Huoi Puoc belt road in the northwest province of Dien Bien opened to traffic on May 4 to mark the 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory.

Built at a cost of 1.3 trillion VND (61.1 million USD) from the government bond source, the concrete road is nearly 80 km long and 5.5 m wide.

Almost 100 km from Dien Bien Phu city, it is an important route connecting National Road 279 with the Huoi Puoc national border gate on the Vietnam-Laos border line.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Defence Minister Do Ba Ty underlined the importance of the road for promoting socio-economic development and ensuring security and defence in the locality and the northwest region.

It also plays an important role in protecting the country’s border sovereignty, he stressed.

According to the provincial People’s Committee Chairman Mua A Son, the route will help connect Dien Bien with Laos’s northern provinces. It is also expected to be a gateway for international integration in the country’s northern region.

Constructed in 2009, the road has been mostly finished, helping shorten the distance between Dien Bien Phu city and the Lao city of Luang Prabang.-VNA