Restarting the Thap Cham — Dalat Railway Project
The project to restore the Thap Cham — Dalat railway line will be restarted when the Ministry of Transport approves the preparation of a preliminary feasibility study.
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On July 7, the Ministry of Transportation approved Bach Dang Hotel Service Trading Joint Stock Company in writing to conduct a preliminary feasibility study for the project to rehabilitate the Thap Cham — Dalat railway line. The work will be carried out according to the PPP method (public-private partnership).
The Ministry instructed the Department of Railways to manage the procedures for preparing a preliminary feasibility study, obtaining project proposals; review, submit for examination and submit the investment policy of the project for approval in accordance with the law. The application must be completed and submitted to the ministry by the end of this year.
The Thap Cham — Dalat Railway (also known as the Rack Railway) is 84 km long and was built in 1932. Due to the nature of the mountainous terrain, the route passes through 5 tunnels, two large bridges, two high passes Ngoan Muk and Dalat.
This is a long and unique cog railway not only in Vietnam, but throughout the world. After 1975, almost all tracks and sleepers on this route were removed. Currently, only on the Trai Mat — Dalat section, about 7 km long, tourist trains run.
According to the Lam Dong Provincial People's Committee, this is not the first department to request a survey and develop a project to restore this route, in the past 10 years, many departments have proposed, but only settled on a survey and cost estimate.
The restored route will be the highlight of the tourist route connecting the coastal and "flower" cities in the mountains (Dalat city — Phan Rang city — Thap Cham city).