B1.97bn grant for Luang Prabang road

Construction News Laos Vietnam

The cabinet resolved on Wednesday to grant of 1.97 billion baht to fund construction of a 114km road in Laos to link Thailand’s Nan province and Luang Prabang province of Laos.

The market near Ban Huay Kone border checkpoint in Nan province is set to grow as Thailand sponsors a new road to link Nan and Luang Prabang in Laos. (Photo by Rarinthorn Petcharoen)

Deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the cabinet meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon approved the allocation to build the road from Hongsa town to Chomphet district in Luang Prabang.

The road would link Luang Prabang, which is registered as a World Heritage site, and Nan province through Ban Huay Kone border checkpoint in Chalerm Prakiat district of Nan, and would support a twin-city strategy for Nan and Luang Prabang, Col Sansern said.

The route would also support agro-industrial investment, tourism and the export of consumer products, fuel and materials for the agro-industry to Laos and therefore help improve the quality of life of Lao people, he said.

Col Sansern said the new road would link routes 4 and 13 in Laos and cut road travel time between Thailand and Vietnam through routes 4 and 6 in Laos.

Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/transport/442933/b1-97bn-grant-for-thai-lao-road