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Thousands of meters of electric cables stolen from newly-opened expressway in northern Vietnam

Thousands of meters of electric cables stolen from newly-opened expressway in northern Vietnam

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 12:03 GMT+7
Thousands of meters of electric cables stolen from newly-opened expressway in northern Vietnam
Thieves drilled a hole a structure along the Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway to steal electric cables in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Do Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Nearly 3,000 meters of electric cables were stolen from the Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway in the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh after the route was opened to traffic about a week ago.

The electric cables were meant to light up about 4,600 light poles along the 80-kilometer four-lane expressway.

Aside from the cables, circuit boards, circuit breakers, and other devices were also stolen.

As a result, light poles installed along where the 3,000 meters of stolen cables had been no longer work.

Thieves stole circuit boards from the lighting system installed along the Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Do Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Thieves stole circuit boards from the lighting system installed along the Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Do Phuong / Tuoi Tre

The VND44 trillion (US$1.87 billion) Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway opened to traffic on September 1 after more than three years of construction.

This is the first and only highway in Vietnam equipped with a lighting system stretching its entire route.

The new route, which allows vehicles to travel at a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour, helps shorten travel time between Van Don District and Mong Cai City from two hours to 50 minutes.

Thieves removed a bolt from a light pole installed along the Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway to steal electric cables in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Do Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Thieves removed a bolt from a light pole installed along the Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway to steal electric cables in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Do Phuong / Tuoi Tre

It also connects to the 300-kilometer Hanoi - Ha Long Expressway and 264-kilometer Noi Bai - Lao Cai Expressway to form the longest route in the country.

Up to 60,000 vehicles have passed the Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway since its inauguration.

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