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Nam Ngam basin attracting more to Xieng Khuang

More local and foreign tourists are expected to make a beeline for the Nam Ngam basin in central Xieng Khuang province following a 135-billion kip plan to beautify and clean its surroundings.

After the completion of most of the work to refurbish the site, the Nam Ngam basin was handed over to the province during an official ceremony on Tuesday that was attended by provincial government officials and representatives of the contractor company.

The basin or the lake, located at the centre of the province, is an important place for local residents who gather to relax and exercise in its lush green surroundings every evening, Mr Vandy Bounyamone, Deputy Director of Paek district for the Xieng Khuang urban development and administration agency, explained to Vientiane Times on phone yesterday.

The basin is also popular with foreign visitors. However, the degradation of the basin's environment and the presence of a lot of garbage in the water spurred authorities to launch a plan to clean up the area.

“Four years ago, the environment of the lake was being destroyed among local entertainment business venues.

Then, we as the local authority, required the government to develop the place with the aim of getting back the green environment there,” Mr Vandy said.

The government approved a 135-billion kip plan to develop and clean the place and to promote it as a tourist site in the central province.

The agency reported that about 130 billion kip had already been spent on repair and construction work at the Nam Ngam basin. Several facilities, such as a parking area, administrative office and water drain, costing about 5 million kip will be completed in the near future.

“People living in this area are happy to see the basin have a good atmosphere and they believe the site will fascinate visitors to Xieng Khuang when the province hosts the national games at the end of next year,” Mr Vandy said.

Sectors involved in the Nam Ngam basin have good plans to manage the area and to maintain its clean and green environment, he said.

“We will set teams to clean garbage from the water basin and to arrange activities to promote efforts by local people to take care of the environment because so many people still do not understand the importance. So helping each other on this will help the basin to be a key attraction of the province,” Mr Vandy said.

The agency also reported that the province will continue to develop Nam Kat and Nong Nam basins on the lines of the plan for Nam Ngam basin to help improve the environment of Xieng Khuang province.

By Souknilundon Southivongnorath
(Latest Update July 6, 2017)

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