Pakxe looks forward to new park with embankment construction set to start
Provision of compensation for people affected by the Mekong River Integrated Management Project in central Pakxe, Champassak province, is complete, paving the way for constr uction to begin this month.
A project to extend the riverbank and create a green and relaxing public space similar to that of Vientiane's Chao Anouvong Park is integral to the concept.
The provincial authorities have confirmed that the project design is complete and technical agreement has been given, with construction now pending the outcome of tenders for sub-contracting .
Deputy Governor of Champassak province Mr Buasone Vongsongkhone told Vientiane Times on Friday that the cost of compensation for affected residents was less than 2 billion kip because they had already been compensated when the existing embankment was built several years ago.
“I think we will know which companies will carry out this project within this month and construction will start right away,” he said.
“We wanted to start construction of the Mekong River Integrated Management Project several years ago but it was delayed due to a lack of funding.”
“Fortunately we have since been able to source funding through a loan from the Republic of Korea,” Mr Buasone added.
The entire project is expected to take five years with the total cost amounting to over US$65.6 million.
Of the total figure, more than US$53 million is sourced through a loan and US$12 million is a contribution from provincial authorities.
The project comprises four components including construction of an embankment along the Mekong and Xedon rivers over a total length of 16km.
Other components are the construction of a 2km road and a 10.6-hectare public park, a long sought after addition and a first for the province. Drainage will also be included.
In August last year, Champassak provincial authorities approved three companies from the Republic of Korea to act as consultants to the project.
The Korean companies carried out a detailed project design which aimed to maximise the attractive features for the benefit of the city and province.
Mr Buasone said the embankment was important as it not only provides Pakxe with additional protection from flooding but also promises to serve as a significant attraction for tourists and a green lung for the city's residents.
In addition, the embankment will enable people to watch the annual boat racing festival and will be a pleasant place to relax on weekends.
Pakxe is the biggest town in southern Laos, serving as an economic hub for provinces in the far south.
However, there has never been a sizeable public park in the city so this project is important to enhance the image and livability of the town.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 3, 2017)