Villagers affected by Laos-China railway await compensation
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
Workers prepare to bore a tunnel for the rail project.