France Donates Half of US$160 Million for Railway Upgrades

At a train station in Viet Nam (Photo: Hoang Uy)

One hundred sixty million U.S. dollars will be allocated for upgrading the 100-year-old railway network from Ha Noi to Lao Cai.

The Ha Noi-Lao Cai railway connects the mountainous North-western border province with the Northern Red River midlands and delta.

The investment capital includes the French government’s donation of US$80 million in aid, while a loan of US$60 million has been received from the Asian Development Bank, and the remaining US$20 million will be issued by the Vietnamese government.

As part of the renovation, 73 key bridges, train stations and railroads will be upgraded and improved from 2008 to 2011.

By Ham Yen - Translated by Hoang Uy

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