|DLGL welcomed Mr. Dinh La Thang - Transport Minister on his visit to Central highland provinces|
On April 9th 2012, The Transport Minister Mr Dinh La Thang and his delegation had a working trip to Kon Tum and Gia Lai provinces. The minister inspected some critical traffic roads of the Central Highland such as the Ho Chi Minh road, National roads No 19, 24, etc.
At present, Kon Tum province has 3.979 Km central and local roads of which there are Ho Chi Minh road and National roads No 14C, 40, 24 and eight provincial roads. In addition, there are now two on-going roads namely the Border Patrol road with 653Km in length and Truong Son Dong road with 52km in length. However, the technical situation and quality of traffic works are still limited. For example, asphalt reinforced roads and cement reinforced roads account for 39,19%; asphalt roads account for 17,39%, and the remaining are pathways.
As for Gia Lai province, the total length of traffic roads increased to 10.816 Km, including 4 national roads namely QL 14, QL 19, QL 25, QL 14C; with11 provincial roads and rural transport systems. However, the quality of these works have not improved much. At present, road surfaces which are paved with asphalt and reinforced concrete, which merely accounts for 6,7% of reinforced concrete roads makes up only 2,9%, asphalt roads 13,3%, the remaining is pathway and aggregate road.
As for the traffic safety, until 31/3/2012, the number of traffic accidents have not been increased in Kon Tum province over the same period last year, the number of injured people reduced to 34 people yet the number of dead people increased by two people. In Gia Lai province, the situation has improved as the number of traffic accidents has been reduced by 24,36%; the number of dead people reduced by 31,11%, the number of injured people reduced by 32,14%.
At the meetings with leaders of the two provinces, The Minister Dinh La Thang shared his empathy over the difficulties of these localities. The Minister noted some recommendations of the two provinces such as: capitals should be boosted to quicken the construction schedule of the Ho Chi Minh road Stage 2, upgrading and broadening the National Road No 24, 14C, 19, 25, and Pleiku airport, etc.
According to the Minister, the Government's current objective, however, is now to prioritize the inflation reduction, therefore the investment in these projects must be carefully checked and examined to ensure high efficiency. Under the Minister's guidance, capitals for some big projects such as Ho Chi Minh road, the National road No 19, etc. should be mobilized under the form of BOT or BT besides the budget capitals.
The Minister also requested these provinces to coordinate with PMUs in monitoring the works' quality and time schedule, including both central and local ones across the provinces because it the locality that firstly benefits from these works. The Minister applauded both Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces for ensuring the traffic safety work.
The Minister requested that synchronous measures for infrastructure construction and propaganda to raise people's awareness about traffic safety as well as strict punishment for traffic violations must be continually worked out to firmly remain the achievement of reduction in traffic accidents which have been gained in the first quarter of 2012.
At Gia Lai province, Mr Dinh La Thang visited Duc Long Gia Lai inter-provincial Bus station. This is the first bus station which has been privately invested and exploited with high efficiency, making partial contribution in order to improve the inter-provincial transport system over the recent years.
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