Early work on dam ‘normal practice’

The Laos government has defended early road construction work near the controversial Xayaburi dam project, saying it is ”fairly common practice” in the country.

The Bangkok Post Sunday reported last month that extensive road work for the US$3.5 billion (105 billion baht) Xayaburi dam had been under way for five months although the project had not yet received formal approval from member states of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

The roadwork was being conducted by the Thai joint venture partner, Ch Karnchang, over a 30km area from Ban Nara village to Ban Houay Souy near the proposed dam site.


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