Lat Train Station in the old days (File photo/FULKA)
government has agreed to inject
VND5,000 billion (about US$312 million) into a project restoring
Cham-Da Lat railway system, one of the unique mountain railways
The 84 km long
railway linking Phan Rang-Thap Cham city in Ninh Thuan Province
and Da Lat city in Lam Dong province will be restored from
2007 to 2015.
The French-built railway was opened in 1928. But this line
was destroyed in the war and abandoned in the late 1960s.
Seven kilometers of the track between Da Lat and Trai Mat
has been reconstructed and operated for tourism purpose since
1997. Currently, the station is one of the attractive tourist
destinations in Da Lat.
The Da Lat railway station was recognized as a national historical
and cultural site in 2001. And it was also considered the
nicest ancient railway station in all Indochina.
The government also allowed the private sector to take part
in the re-construction of the railway, as the entire railway
will be restored to its original state.
Once finished, the railway is expected to boost tourism in
Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan as well as coastal central provinces. Nhan
Dan 30 Oct 2007