On March 17, 2021, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Lao (MPWT) reviewed the Route Selection for Vientiane-Pakse Expressway Project, which is undertaken by the Henan Provincial Communications Planning & Design Institute Co.,Ltd (HNRBI).
The review was implemented on line, the video conference was hosted by Viengsavath Siphandone, the Minister of MPWT. Firstly, the director of Department of Roads made a brief introduction to the project. Secondly HNRBI reported the items of project background, route scheme, interchange setting, etc. In this project, MCA method is used to compare the three route options in detail from the aspects of town planning, construction conditions, demolition and resettlement, environmental impact, etc. Additionally, the officials from MPWT and relevant provinces and cities of Laos put forward their considerations.
After full discussion, the Option – I recommended by HNRBI, with route length of 451km, was finally accepted.
Mr. Tang Yi, the general manager of the Henan Provincial Communications Planning & Design Institute Co., Ltd, appraised the project of great significance. He also committed that HNRBI will study and figure out the solution to the concerns raised by the Lao government in the feasibility study stage of the project, and make full efforts to do the next stage works.