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Families in Oudomxay Province First to Receive Compensation From Lao-China Railway

By RFA:  May 8th, 2018 

More than 20 Lao families from Hoi Khoom village in northwestern Laos’  displaced by construction of a high-speed railway linking the country with China are the first to receive compensation for the loss of their farmland to the megaproject, a local government official said.

Those receiving payments can no longer plant rice because railway construction has encroached upon their land and left them without money to buy rice to eat, said the official from the province’s Xay district, who declined to be named.

Budget approval urgently needed for Laos-China railway

Vientiane Times:  March 13, 2018

Lao authorities in charge have called for urgent approval of a budget of 500 billion kip for Laos’ 2018 contribution to the construction of the Laos-China railway.

China-Laos Railway Project by VT

Govt to steam ahead with railway compensation

Source: Vientiane Times, August 23, 2017

The government is looking to speed up compensation for people who will lose land or other property to make way for the Laos-China railway, asking the National Assembly (NA) to extend support in this regard.

Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong called for the NA to encourage provincial and Vientiane administrations as well as provincial and Vientiane People’s councils to approve unit prices for the compensation calculated by authorities in charge.

NA, Govt discuss development impacts, compensation

Source: Vientiane Times, August 16, 2017

The impacts on residents of government-approved development projects and concession projects by domestic and foreign investors were on the top of the agenda for discussion between National Assembly (NA) and government at a joint meeting yesterday.

NA President Pany Yathotou, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, NA Committees chairs and ministers attended the first joint meeting between the NA’s Eighth Legislature and the government held yesterday in Vientiane to discuss the way ahead on addressing development impacts and compensation policy.

Land owners notified of compensation for highway project

Vientiane Times, December 23, 2015

The Vientiane Natural Resources and Environment Department has announced that compensation will be awarded to people who have had their land appropriated to enable a 9.5km road to be built through the That Luang marsh. The construction of this road in Vientiane begins in Donnokkhoum village, passes through the marsh to Xiengda village and links to the 450 Year Road.

Forty owners of land on a section of the new road being built in Xiengda village were named on a list of people to be compensated by the department as their parcels of land were affected by the project. The state publicly released the information on December 16. An official from the Vientiane Natural Resources and Environment Department, who asked not to be named, told Vientiane Times on Tuesday that some houses in Xiengda village were affected but most of the land was used for agriculture. All of these parcels of land have been included in the compensation package, he said. The land along this road is affected because a swathe of land 200 metres wide on either side of the road was sold off by the government to cover the cost of the road’s construction, under the policy of converting land into capital. However some people who lost their land to the project have yet to come forward to claim compensation and others still have not received a payout.
The road is being built in three phases. Once complete, it will be 25 metres wide, not including sidewalks. The first stage sees the road connecting Donnokkhoum village to Kamphaengmeuang Road in Donkoi village. The second phase links Kamphaengmeuang Road to Xiengda village across the marsh and the third section of the road runs from Xiengda village to the 450 Year Road. The cost of the 9.5 km highway is estimated at more than US$150 million. It is being built by the Namtha Road-Bridge Construction Company. Vientiane decided to build the new highway to expand urban development outwards and reduce traffic congestion in the city centre. The new road will play an important role in contributing to socio-economic growth. The daughter of Mrs Lom, who is on the list to receive compensation, said her mother owned over one hectare of rice fields in Xiengda village. Some people recently asked to buy the land for US$115 (about 933,000 kip) per square metre but she did not sell it because the land was located alongside the new road. She was shocked when she saw her name on the department’s list for compensation for converting the 200 metres of land along each side of the road because it awarded her only US$10 (about 80,000 kip) per metre, or less than one tenth of what she could have sold it for.

Compensation pledged at Savan-Seno economic zone

Vientiane Times, July 23, 2015

Displaced villagers affected by the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone (SSSEZ) in the central province of Savannakhet will receive appropriate compensation, a senior government official has assured. Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Lao National Committee for Special Economic Zones, Mr Khanty Lokaphone made the assurance on Tuesday at a press conference held at the National Assembly (NA) in response to a question raised by an affected villager.

Draft land policy has ‘no problems,’ lawmaker says

Vientiane Times, 25 April 2015.

A senior official at the National Assembly (NA) has asserted that the content of the draft National Land Policy has no problems, despite the fact it has been put on hold and has not been yet approved by the NA. The drafted policy, which stipulates reasonable compensation based on market prices whenever people’s lands are affected by investment projects, was submitted to the NA’s fifth ordinary session in July 2013 for debate. But it was not approved by the then session.

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