VIENTIANE, April 18: The laying of railway track for the Laos-China Railway project is now 80 per cent complete, with the final sections of track scheduled to be completed by May this year, reports the Laotian Times.
Chief Executive Officer and Senior Engineer of the No.2 China Railway Company, Mr. Hu Pin, says the railway tracks have now been laid already from Vientiane Capital link to Luang Prabang and Oudomxay Provinces, according to CRI.
“The Laos-China railway tracks is still being lain from Oudomxay Province to Boten Train Station in Luang Namtha Province, and is expected to be finished in the coming months, ” said Mr. Hu Pin.
The Laos-China Railway Construction Project commenced in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed and operational in December 2021.
“The project not only focuses on the construction of railways, but it also employs a large number of Lao workers, with 60 percent of the project’s laborers being locally sourced, ” Hu Pin added.
The Laos-China Railway will run some 414 kilometres including 198km of tunnels, and will traverse 62km of bridges. It will run from the Boten border gate, connecting Northern Laos to China, down to Vientiane Capital, with an operating speed of 160km per hour.
Laos, meanwhile, recorded four new cases of Covid-19, raising the total in the country to 58, according to the Lao Ministry of Health on Saturday (April 17).
Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Lao Ministry of Health Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh said on Saturday that the four new cases include a 25-year-old woman who returned to southern Laos' Khammuan province from Thailand.
Another two cases are a 32-year-old man and a 24-year-old man who returned to southern Laos' Savannakhet province from Thailand.
The last case is a 25-year-old Lao woman who returned to central Laos' Bolikhamxay province from Thailand.
Laos has now confirmed 58 cases of Covid-19, with nine people undergoing treatment in hospitals.
The country reported its first two COovid-19 cases on March 24 last year. Enditem