Land disputes remain a challenge for authorities in capital

Land disputes have become one of the most difficult issues for authorities in the national capital because of growing demand for land, senior officials have said.
The lack of clear city planning has resulted in numerous investment projects being built on the land of villagers, many of whom refused to accept compensation at the rates offered by authorities.

Mayor of Vientiane, Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, told the Vientiane People’s Council recently about the challenges faced by authorities in compensating people whose land is needed to push forward development projects.

“You know the average economic growth in the capital is 10 percent per year, driven by the inflow of foreign investment, which requires more land for development,” he said.

“Over the past two years, more than 10 mega projects have been started in the capital, including expressways, roads and other infrastructure projects.”

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