Laos-China railway construction ‘progressing well’

Construction of the Laos-China railway is gathering steam with many tunnels being bored despite rainfall, officials said yesterday. All three tunnels in Luang Namtha province are being bored with the Boten Tunnel having progressed the furthest at more than 50 metres, project coordinator for Luang Namtha province Mr Chanthachone Keolakhone told Vientiane Times on May 16.The Laos-China Friendship Tunnel, which crosses the Laos-China border, has been bored more than 10 metres so far, he added. In addition, Chinese contractors are preparing to drill the foundations for a bridge connecting Luang Namtha and Oudomxay provinces. As in other provinces, boring is ongoing in Oudomxay, project coordinator for the northern province, Mr Phonpadith Phommakit, said, adding that about 30 tunnels will be bored in that province.

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