(KPL) The clearance of unexploded ordnances from land allocated along Laos-China railway and its two small stations -Botene immigration checkpoint and Natuay, a loading station - in Luang Namtha Province has been almost completed.
This was a part of the construction of the Laos-China Railway Project-first phase, running 52.9 km from Botene, the Laos-China border checkpoint to Namor district, Luang Namtha Province that will then run another 16.9 km through Luang Namtha Province where two small stations will be built: the Botene immigration checkpoint and the Natuay cargo loading station.
In Luang Namtha Province, the project includes the construction of seven bridges with a total length of about 4 km and the drilling of three tunnels with a total length of 10 km: the Laos-China Friendship, Botene and Tintok tunnels.
The progress was reported to Minister of Public Works and Construction, Mr Bounchanh Sinlavong, who is also a head of the Steering Committee for Laos-China Railway Construction Project while he and his delegation were on a working visit to monitor and inspect the progress of railway construction in Luang Namtha Province.
The delegation was welcomed by Luang Namtha Governor, Mr Phetthavone Philavanh and technicians to supervise the construction.
An official construction ceremony for tunnel boring in Oudomxay Province was held on April 6.
China aims to complete the long-awaited construction of a US$6.28 billion, high-speed rail project from Yunnan province, China, to Laos by 2020 as part of Beijing’s efforts to link itself to Southeast Asian markets.
China will be responsible for 70% of the investment while Laos will be responsible for the rest. Once operational, the railway will be Laos’ longest and fastest, with an average speed of 160 kilometers per hour and 60% of the line being bridges and tunnels.