Laos-China Railway: Almost Half Of Affected Families Compensated

(KPL) Relevant authorities have paid over 76 billion kip as compensation for families affected by the Laos-China Railway Project in Luang Namtha. The amount equals 47 % of planned compensation.

Right now, the authorities have completed compensating 144 out of 317 families in four villages including Boten, Tintok, Bopeak and Natea which have been affected by the railway project, said Deputy Chief of Luang Namtha district Thongdeng Sithison.

We will continue to pay compensation worth 30 billion kip to 44 more families, said Mr Thongdeng.

An initial report showed that 167 villages in 13 districts would be affected by the railway, which stretch more than 400 km from the Chinese border to Vientiane through the provinces of Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

Seventy five tunnels with a combined length of 197.83km have been drilled and being drilled along the railway line. The Laos-China Railway Project’s cost is US$5.8 billion with 70 per cent of which coming from China and 30 per cent from Laos. The project is on track and is set to be completed in 2021.

The project is linked to the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative instigated by Chinese President Xi Jinping and is expected to contribute to increased friendly relations and cooperation between Laos and China and Asean as a whole.

The Lao government places great importance on the project, which is part of a planned regional rail network linking southern China to Singapore via Laos, Thailand and Malaysia.

Source: Lao News Agency