Thai Nguyen province has made a lot of innovations to obtain achievements in transport development. Vietnam Business Forum has an interview with Mr. Le Van Vinh, Director of Thai Nguyen Department of Transport, on this issue. Duy Anh reports.
What do you think about transport infrastructure development in Thai Nguyen province in the 2016 - 2020 period?
Thai Nguyen province has effectively executed the Resolution of the 19th Provincial Party Congress and brought key transport projects into operation to boost socioeconomic performance in the past years. The transport capacity has been improved.
With the mission of “going ahead to open the way” for socioeconomic development, after many years of innovative investment, the transport sector has achieved its mission. The State management of transport has been strengthened in recent years. The transport sector has increasingly enhanced the coordination with other relevant agencies and localities to ensure traffic continuity and traffic safety.
The traffic infrastructure has received due investment to serve socioeconomic development tasks. To date, the province’s road system has reached nearly 5,000 km, including 39 km of highways, 284 km of national roads, 374 km of provincial roads, 159 km of urban roads, 742 km of district roads and over 3,200 km of commune roads. All national roads and expressways are asphalted. Over 95% of provincial roads are asphalted and widened the road surface from 3.5m to 5-5.5m wide. The transport and vehicle management has basically met travelling and transportation needs. Currently, the province has nearly 400 coaches operated by 20 enterprises on more than 220 interprovincial routes, more than 2,000 taxicabs and 148 buses operated by six companies on 10 bus routes.
In the next stage, what objectives and solutions will you focus on?
Currently, we are gradually completing the local transport network according to the plan approved by the Provincial People’s Committee in Decision 1107/QD-UBND dated May 31, 2012. In the coming time, the transport development plan will be integrated in the Thai Nguyen Master Plan in 2021-2030, with a vision to 2050. Some of traffic highlights and breakthroughs in the coming period will be as follows:
Adding external transport routes to the planning to completely connect Thai Nguyen with other provinces in the region and enhancing regional connectivity: Adding National Highway 23 in the 2021-2030 period. The 121.22-km road starts at the junction with National Highway 2 in Phuc Yen town, Vinh Phuc province and ends at the intersection with National Highway 2C in Tuyen Quang province. Upon completion, National Highway 23 will link National Highway 2 with National Highway 37 and National Highway 2C and go through three provinces of Vinh Phuc, Thai Nguyen and Tuyen Quang. Adding National Highway 3D that connects Bac Kan to Thai Nguyen in the 2021-2030 period. The 100.1-km road starts at the junction with National Highway 3 in Bac Kan province. Thai Nguyen - Tuyen Quang Expressway, planned for construction in 2030-2050, will connect Hanoi - Thai Nguyen Expressway and Phu Tho - Tuyen Quang Expressway.
We will also focus on key transport projects in the 2021-2025 period to meet inter-regional development and connectivity requirements; improve bus systems to connect Thai Nguyen with neighboring provinces, and develop the smart transportation system. We will continue to carry out administrative procedure and policy reforms to meet development requirements of the transport sector in the international integration era.
Source: Vietnam Business Forum