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Town declaration for Luang Prabang’s Phou Khoun

The new Phoukhoun district town development project in Luang Prabang province is expected to kickoff in the near future upon receiving approval from the government.
The development on 3,635 hectares is the province’s priority pilot project, aiming to expand the mountainous town into a new modern centre and model for the country.
Authorities said the new town will be eight kilometres from the existing one, centrally located to other districts, has rich natural resources and will benefit from transportation links with outlying districts upon completion.
The information was outlined during a short working visit by Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Sonexay Siphandone and his delegation to the province recently, the district authority’s leading official said.

In an interview with Vientiane Times yesterday, the district’s Governor Mr Viengthong Hathsachanh stressed that the initial survey and design was carried in 2015 after reaching agreement with Chinese developers for a more than 2.3 trillion kip development project.
Following a new survey, the plan was fine-tuned by authorities to reduce the project’s overall size and budget required to just over 1.7 trillion kip. “We have proposed the revised project to the government for their consideration. However, we cannot say if or when and how much of the project the government will approve for development,” Mr Viengthong said.
Nevertheless, according to the provincial master plan, the new town development project is expected to take five years to complete with all the work carried out by Chinese developers.
The proposed town development project will include construction of the district administrative office, various access roads, a hospital, schools, public park and market. The developers will install electricity and water supplies, and construct accommodation, drainage system and embankments.
Under the plan, Chinese developers will also build a small airport, sport complex, water reservoir, weir and other necessary facilities.
Mr Viengthong stated that provincial authorities decided to develop the new town due to the poor condition of the existing site. Its location is not suitable for development and socio-economic growth because of its mostly mountainous terrain.  
Furthermore, some parts of the old town are hard to access to expand the basic infrastructure, especially construction of the district authority’s offices.
Mr Viengthong emphasised the project plan also aimed to improve other basic infrastructure, especially providing clean water supplies for the residents of Phoukhoun district. Authorities hopes the new facilities will make life easier for thousands of residents in the district.
Phoukhoun is home to more than 25,000 people and is one of 12 districts of Luang Prabang province. It is located along the 13 National Road linking the capital to Luang Prabang, the World Heritage Town.

By Phaisythong Chandara
(Latest Update
February 22,
2018)


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