Monday, 27 May 2013 13:41

Infrastructure

Written by  CaoBangTravel.com Asia Pacific Travel Team
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Transport

Cao Bang is accessible only by road. The province has National Highways 3, 4, 34 and 4C running along with a combined length of 360 km and provincial, transdistrict and transcommunal routes. Of these, National Highway 3 is the backbone route from Yen Vien to Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan, Cao Bang and Ta Lung Border Gate. Meanwhile, National Highway 4 is the shortest route from Cao Bang to Mui Chua seaport (Quang Ninh). At present, the two highways have been upgraded. In addition, national highways 34 and 4C are expected to be improved to ensure local traffic. The improvements are scheduled to be complete in 2006. Moreover, 100% of the communes have roads to the commune’s capital.  

Since the international route from Cao Bang to Long Chau (China) has been set up in December 2003, carriage of cargo has significantly grown in both terms of volumes and quality. The road improvements over the past years helped shorten the time of carriage of goods and people.

In the foreseen future, Cao Bang needs to develop other modes of transport, such as rail and railway. These means of transport are expected to pay the way for Cao Bang’s economy growth by attracting more investment and visitors to Cao Bang.

Communications

There has been a major breakthrough in the post and telecommunications network of Cao Bang Province.  Currently, Cao Bang has convenient domestic and international communication channels.

The province has a central post office, 12 post offices in districts, 19 branches, one interprovincial postal route of 286 km (Cao Bang - Hanoi), 10 in-province postal routes of 718 km, 153 in-district postal routes of 2,023 km, and 87 communal routes of 1,011 km. Also, Cao

Total number of subscribed telephones in the province is estimated at above 10,700 or 2.2 lines per 100 people.

Power supply

The top priority of Electricity of Cao Bang (ECB) Company is to bring the light to people in 189 communes of Cao Bang Province. At present, Cao Bang’s power supply mainly depends on the national grid. In addition, Cao Bang uses hydropower with a capacity of 3,000 KVA. The ECB has invested in the building of local power generators, namely Suoi Cun Hydropower Plant in Cao Bang Town, Na Tau Hydropower Plant (Quang Hoa District), Thoong Cot Hydropower (Trung Khanh district), in order to meet local demand for electricity. However, this source of power is not stable due to its dependence on natural conditions.

So far, all the districts and 138 wards and townships can access to the national grid, up nearly 3 times from the figures in 1998. The ECB aims to make power available to 90% of households in the province before 2010.


Water supply

Fresh water source of Cao Bang is rather abundant thanks to a 15px number of rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. In addition, the underground water enables the provision of water for living. Seven water supply works have been built in 7 among 13 districts, with a combined designed capacity of more than 14,000 cubic meters per day. In 2003, 80% of the urban population and 52.1% of the rural population in Cao Bang Province can access to clean water. The shortage of water in highlands, especially at limestone mountainous areas, has been gradually addressed.

The province has invested in the construction of new irrigation works and the improvement of the existing ones, aiming at sufficient water supplies for agricultural production and people’s life.

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