Construction of the Laos-China railway was 89.43 per cent complete as of the end of May with Lao authorities calling for the project developer to progress work according to plan.
General Manager Xiao Qianwen of the Laos-China Railway Co, Ltd. (LCRC), a joint venture based in Vientiane in charge of the railway’s construction and operation, briefed Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Bounthong Chitmany during his recent visit to project construction sites in the capital and Vientiane province.
Some 65 tunnels were completely bored, and numerous bridges have been built, according to Pasaxon Newspaper.
The 409km railway – running through the capital of Vientiane and the four provinces of Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay and Luang Namtha that shares a border with China – composes 75 tunnels with a combined length of 197.83km.
Almost 50 km of rail tracks have been laid from Houainamyen village in Naxaithong district, Vientiane to Luang Prabang province, according to Xiao.