Govt Allots LAK 190 Billion to Repair Roads, Manage Floods in Vientiane Capital

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The Ministry of Public Works and Transport expects to spend more than LAK 190 billion (USD 11,256,569) to repair roads and manage flooding in Vientiane in preparation for the ASEAN Summit in 2024.

Mr. Soulivanh Phommahaxay, Director of the Vientiane Public Works and Transport Department, said in an interview that the department has budgeted LAK 26 billion to be spent on improving the structure of the roads and on repair work.

The Transport department will coordinate with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Vientiane Capital Governor’s office to repair roads with a preliminary estimate of more than LAK 190 billion.

The current plan is to collect data on the condition of roads surrounding the National Assembly Hall, the roads connecting hotels and tourist attractions, and several other important roads in Vientiane Capital, according to Mr. Soulivanh.

This year, the department will also look at managing the areas and drainage systems around the capital that cause flooding.

Heavy flooding inundated homes and wrecked the belongings of residents in certain areas of Vientiane in August last year.

The Department of Public Works and Transport estimated a budget of nearly LAK 20 billion to address both temporary and long-term flooding ramifications on major roads throughout Vientiane Capital in 2022.