China-Laos Railway Construction Benefits Lao People

- Feb 27, 2019-

China-Laos Railway Construction Benefits Lao People

Although it is still dry season, the mountains and forests of northern Laos have been patronized by clouds and rain in the New Year. Clouds, rain and mist dispersed, the old and middle-aged railway has begun to emerge, bridges and roadbeds have begun to take shape, equipment vehicles in and out of the tunnel entrance.

The Sino-Lao Railway starts at Moding, the border port between China and Laos, and goes south to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, with a length of more than 400 kilometers. The whole line is constructed with Chinese management standards and technical standards. It starts construction in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed and opened in December 2021. 2019 is the key year for the successful completion of the civil engineering of China-Laos Railway.

The construction of old fellow railway has brought about more than 5,000 people in Laos to find jobs. Participating in the construction of the old fellow railway is changing the lives of local villagers, and their dreams are getting closer and closer with the construction of the railway.

Benma Zalenza, 38, works as a driver in the old fellow railway project department, while his wife, 33, works as a cleaner in the project department. Two children go to middle school and one to elementary school. "Now we have higher incomes, regular salaries, and we can both work together," Benma said. Benma used to drive outside, and his wife grew rice, corn and potatoes in Sayevuri, the western part of Laos, barely self-sufficient.

"I hope that in the future, I can send my children to study in China and make contributions to the increasingly close cooperation and exchanges between China and the old countries." Benma has great hopes for her children and hopes that future generations will be proud of their parents'participation in the construction of the old fellow railway.

Benma and his Chinese colleagues have made history in Laos. The No. 2 Tunnel of Wangmen Village, which was built by the 15th Bureau of Electricity and Hydropower of China, was successfully completed on December 12, 2017, becoming the first tunnel to be connected in the whole line of China-Laos Railway Project and the first modern highway and railway traffic tunnel in old fellow Laos.

"The villages through which the railway passes have changed greatly and developed rapidly, and the common people often come to see the railway construction." Lian Fengha, deputy head of Pengtong village near the tunnel, said. He told reporters that in the past, people here depended on farming, breeding and forestry to make a living. "Railway projects increased jobs and incomes in remote areas and raised people's living standards." After that, the railway opened the village to "plant more fruits and poultry" and "transport them out by railway".

Song Zhai Saiyafeng, 34, came to work on the China-Laos Railway Project because of his technical dream.old fellow, Song Zhai, came to work on the China-Laos Railway Project. Old fellow of Laos company, he had participated in the construction of hydropower station. After the start of the Sino-Lao railway project, old fellow was employed to work in the project Department of the 15th Bureau of Hydropower.

Song Zhai told reporters that the income and working environment of the old fellow railway workers are better. He said: "The instruments used by Lao company's survey department are not so advanced. After working in the China-Laos railway project, old fellow students learn more knowledge and use more advanced instruments and equipment."

Song Zhai was awarded the honorary title of "Railway Craftsman" for the 2018 China-Laos Railway Project at the just concluded China-Laos Railway Construction Work Conference in 2019.

"Laos's railway construction has just begun, and in the future, the railway may run through the north and south of Laos and spread all over the country," Song Zhai said, expecting his dream to be realized on the railway. "He hopes to continue to build the railway with the Chinese people and go to work on the construction site every day." Song Zhai hopes to accumulate enough experience and technology to set up his own surveying and mapping company in the future and continue to cooperate with the Chinese people.