Vil­lagers af­fected by Laos-China rail­way await com­pen­sa­tion

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

VIL­LAGERS af­fected by the Laos-China rail­way con­struc­tion con­tinue to press for com­pen­sa­tion pol­icy, Na­tional As­sem­bly (NA) mem­bers told the gov­ern­ment this week.

Land has been used for the con­struc­tion of the US$5.8 bil­lion project, which is in progress, but com­pen­sa­tion pay­ments have not yet been made.

NA mem­ber for Vientiane prov­ince, Boua­vanh Tham­mavong, told the gov­ern­ment through the As­sem­bly’s on­go­ing or­di­nary ses­sion this week that vil­lagers are still awaiting com­pen­sa­tion.

The 417-km rail­way will link Vientiane to the Chi­nese border through the four prov­inces of Vientiane, Luang Pra­bang, Ou­domxay and Luang Namtha.

‘Peo­ple here are wait­ing for com­pen­sa­tion and want to know where they will be re­lo­cated.’ Na­tional As­sem­bly mem­ber

NA mem­ber for Luang Pr bang prov­ince, Saisa­mone Khomtha-vong, told Vientiane Times that peo­ple in his prov­ince were also wait­ing for a clear com­pen­sa­tion pol­icy and in­for­ma­tion about the unit price they would be paid.

“Peo­ple here are wait­ing for com­pen­sa­tion and want to know where they will be re­lo­cated,” he said.

Saisa­mone added that peo­ple sup­port the project but want to know about the com­pen­sa­tion pol­icy and unit price they will be given.

Deputy Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port and Chair­man of the Laos-China Rail­way Project Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee, Lat­tana­many Khoun­nivong, told Vientiane Times that some prov­inces have not sub­mit­ted their com­pen­sa­tion pro­posal plans.

Once pro­pos­als from all prov­inces are sub­mit­ted, the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties in charge will com­pile a uni­form com­pen­sa­tion pol­icy be­fore pay­ments can be made.

Lat­tana­many said Laos and Chi­nese devel­op­ers agreed to cut the width of the planned rail­way cor­ri­dor, which pre­vi­ously re­served 50 me­tres of land along each side of the track, in or­der to lessen the im­pact on lo­cal res­i­dents.

It was pre­vi­ously re­ported that elec­tric­ity-pow­ered pas­sen­ger trains are set to run at a speed of 160 km per hour while freight trains can travel at 120 km per hour. – Vientiane Times

Saisa­mone Khomtha- vong

Photo: Vientiane Times

Work­ers pre­pare to bore a tun­nel for the rail project.

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