Vientiane Capital Aims to Become More Livable City

Vientiane Capital Infrastructure Development

Authorities hope to make major improvements to infrastructure in Vientiane Capital with the aim of making it a more livable city.

Improvements are to be made in easing traffic congestion, road upgrades, construction of embankments, waste management, and a host of other issues.

Mayor Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune made an announcement at the second session of the Vientiane People’s Council, which is being held from January 9 – 17.

Mayor Sinlavong stated that improvements to basic infrastructure is a major component of the government’s 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan.

Dr Sinlavong went on to say that the improvements of roads will ensure road safety, and will help residents enjoy a more attractive place to live.

The road network has required expansion for quite some time, as narrow streets have caused frequent traffic jams. The Mayor mentioned that among other things, authorities needed to better enforce traffic regulations and construction laws within city limits.

In terms of planning, commercial properties have been constructed in areas without parking, which as left residents with no alternative but to park their cars on roadsides or sidewalks, and sometimes blocking smaller streets.

ADB Bus Station Artist Impression
Artist’s Impression of Improved Public Transport in Vientiane Capital

This people’s council session will also see discussion of the government’s strategic development policies for promotion of economic growth, stability, and developing human resources through improvements in the health and education sectors.

Anti-social behavior is also high on the agenda, including issues such as drug abuse and other crimes. Although law enforcement in many districts has improved, there are still may issues that need attention.

Drug abuse will be dealt with through public awareness campaigns that will target at-risk groups.

The people’s council meeting will consider the vision for Vientiane Capital until 2030, and the strategy for up to 2025. It will finalize the budget plans for the next five years, and the five-year plan of the council itself, including the drafting of new laws for administration of the capital city.

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