A 1 billion dollar project to revive the French railway to Da Lat

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By Anh Duy July 14, 2022 | 06:00 PT

A train that once served the Thap Cham – Da Lat railway line is used as a tourist attraction in Da Lat in this photo taken in October 2018. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

An 84 km railway line from Thap Cham to Da Lat, built by the French in the early 20th century, will be revived at a cost of 28 trillion VND ($1.15 billion).

Built over a long period of 25 years (1908-1932), the line ran from the ancient coastal kingdom of Champa near the town of Thap Cham in Ninh Thuan province to the resort town of Da Lat in the highlands. center plates.

The stimulus will be implemented under a public-private partnership (PPP) project, it was said at a meeting on Wednesday between the Ministry of Transport and Ninh Thuan authorities.

The ministry selected Bach Dang Hotel Complex Trading – Da Nang-based JSC Service as the project investor.

The investment will be used to recover the entire route, which includes 17 stations, 64 bridges, five tunnels and a 16 km section of rack railway.

It is expected that the investor will complete the investment preparation and pre-feasibility study for approval by 2024 so that the project can be completed and become operational in 2030.

A section of the Thap Cham - Da Lat railway running through a tunnel in Lam Dong province.  The rails have disappeared but the tunnel remains.  Photo by VnExpress/Truong Ha

A section of the Thap Cham – Da Lat railway that runs through a tunnel near Da Lat. The rails have disappeared but the tunnel remains. Photo by VnExpress/Truong Ha

When built, the route was the second in the world to use track rails to cross steep terrain, after the Jungfraujoch which crosses the Alps.

The railway line remained operational for about 14 years after the defeat of the French colonial regime and its withdrawal from Vietnam in 1954. Then it fell into disuse and the tracks were dismantled by people to be sold as scrap metal.

Part of the railway line, a short distance of seven kilometers, has already been relaunched. Operated by Da Lat, it has become a popular tourist attraction.

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