Vientiane Times –
A huge effort is being made to build the foundations of an embankment along the Mekong River in central Pakxe district, Champassak province.
The embankment is part of the US$65.6-million Mekong River Integrated Management Project (MRIMP), which got underway in December last year. Project Director Mr Khamphan Simmala told Vientiane Times yesterday that construction of the whole project is now more than 10 percent complete.
“We are concentrating on soil levelling and other groundwork for the embankment before the start of the rainy season. If this work is done properly, we can continue with construction during the rainy season,” he said.
“All of the sand and rocks needed for the foundations are being brought from islands in the Mekong River in Phonthong district and other surrounding areas.”
The MRIMP project comprises four components, including construction of an embankment along the Mekong and Xedon rivers over a total length of 16km.
Other components are a 2-km road and a 10.6-hectare public park, a long sought after addition to local facilities and a first for the province. Drainage will also be included.
In addition, another embankment will be built in Phonthong district over a distance of 4km, stretching from Huayphek village to Donelay village.