Green light for new roads in Xayaboury

By Phaisythong Chandara
December 2, 2012

An old photo still from a documentary on the Xayaboury Province of the Lao PDR shows the province's vast land space, yet minimal use of roads to accommodate it.

An old photo still from a documentary on the Xayaboury Province of the Lao PDR shows the province’s vast land space, yet minimal use of roads to accommodate it.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport, CH. Kanchang Public Company and Panya Consulting Company recently co-signed a memorandum of understanding to upgrade the Paklai-Phoudoo road in Xayaboury province.

The project agreement was signed in Vientiane on November 30 by project manager Mr Sengmany Sysouvanthong and CH. Kanchang Public Company representative Mr Ratana Santaanop.

The agreement was also signed by a representative from the ministry’s Department of Roads Mr Ngampasong Meuangmany and Panya Consulting Company executive Mr Montri Jiamjulalak.

The signing was witnessed by Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, other officials, media personnel and invited guests.

Under the agreement, a 27km long road with a width of seven metres will be built to improve transport between Paklai and Phoudoo.

The road will begin at the junction in Kaengsao village, Paklai district and extend southwards to Phoudoo on the Thai border.

Work on another road, 4.2km long, running between Buamlao and Phakeo villages will also begin soon. The entire project will take 18 months to complete, according to project staff.

The total cost of construction is estimated at 817 million baht, to be funded by Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).

The Lao government signed an agreement to receive financial support from NIDA on June 2 this year.

The funding will be made up of both a low interest loan and a grant component. The Lao government will be required to repay 80 percent of the cost of construction.

The Paklai-Phoudoo road will include five bridges that will have a total length of 172 metres. Drainage will be incorporated and street lights will be installed, while a new border checkpoint will be built at Phoudoo.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr Sengmany said “This assistance is part of the strategic development plan between Laos and Thailand, especially in terms of upgrading Laos’ national routes to link with Thailand and other countries in the region.

“It is also key to promoting national socio-economic development, reaching the Millennium Development Goals and graduating from least developed country status by 2 020.”

Currently, these roads are unpaved and transport is difficult all year round due to the clouds of dust created by larger vehicles in the dry season and the mud patches and potholes that develop in the wet season.

Mr Sengmany said the new roads would serve to improve transportation and also boost social and economic growth by helping local people to rise above poverty.


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