Some public offices relocated to Dongmarkkhai zone
Several buildings are under construction in the Dongmarkkhai area in Vientiane's Xaythany district to house the relocation of government departments from the city centre as part of efforts to minimise congestion.
The new buildings to house the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Ministry of Justice have seen a lot of progress in which the building structures have been completed.
The government has allocated 300ha of land in Dongmarkkhai to accommodate the relocation of all ministries and government departments in the capital.
Under the project, the main road grid has been built but it has yet to be sealed as there is the need for a detailed project design to determine whether the roads will be paved with concrete or asphalt as well as the installation of electricity and water supply.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Land Administration Department Director General Mr Siphandone Sihavong told Vientiane Times on Friday that it required a huge budget, perhaps millions of US dollars to develop this project.
“There is no timeframe for all government offices to move here. Our government just says the relocation needs to be undertaken step by step, depending on the conditions and capacity of the government to source more funding,” he said.
“We have enough spaces for all ministries and offices, and our main roads are as wide as 40m. At the moment, construction is going ahead in the allocated zone.”
The relocation is aimed to address rising traffic congestion in Vientiane and shifting development interest from the city centre to the new sites as stipulated in the capital's urban development master plan from now until 2030.
Fortunately the completion of the concrete Road No. 10 linking from Donnoun junction to Thangone village in Xaythany district last year over a distance of 12 km is driving more people and businesses out of the city centre to areas along the road.
The government has also planned to build a 14-km expressway linking Vientiane city centre to Dongmakkhai village in Xaythany district and connect with the allocated zone where government offices will be relocated.
The six-lane expressway, with a planned width of 70 metres, will be built parallel to Kaysone Phomvihane Road and will run from the Lao International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre (Lao-ITECC) in Xaysettha district to Dongmakkhai village.
If completed, the planned expressway will not only contribute to ease traffic congestion but serve as a significant route to connect between the city centre and the government's new development zone.
Vientiane now has a population of over 800,000 people but the number of vehicles jumped to about 800,000. It seems that everyone has a vehicle so the government wants to address the congestion issue by relocating its public offices.
A study undertaken recently estimates the population in the capital will rise to about 1.4 million by 2030.
By Somsack Pongkhao
(Latest Update March 06, 2017)