A photo taken on Oct. 12, 2020 shows a communications tower along the China-Laos Railway north of Vientiane, Laos. (China Railway Construction Electrification Bureau Group Co., Ltd./ Handout via Xinhua)
Construction of the 67 communication towers along the China-Laos railway has been completed, marking a major step forward in the project.
VIENTIANE, May 17 (Xinhua) – Construction of the 67 communication towers along the China-Laos railway has been completed, marking a major step forward in the project.
Half of the railway’s communication towers are located in uninhabited tropical mountainous areas, with complex geographical conditions and poor traffic conditions, which has led to difficulties for construction, said Xiao Qianwen, general manager of Laos. -China Railway Co., Ltd. Xinhua Sunday.
The company is a joint venture based in Vientiane, the Laotian capital, which undertakes the construction and operation of the railway.
Chinese engineers work at the installation site of a communication tower along the China-Laos Railway in northern Vientiane, Laos, May 15, 2021. (China Railway Construction Electrification Bureau Group Co., Ltd. ./ Handout via Xinhua)
During the rainy season, large amounts of necessary materials and equipment can only be transported to construction sites by pack animals, Xiao said.
Li Chunsheng, who leads the team at China Railway Construction Electrification Bureau Group Co., Ltd. (CRCC-EBG, simplified as EBG) to carry out the railway communication project, said that the construction of all communication towers was carried out on Saturday and that In order to complete the installation of the tower in the deadlines with high quality, his team made detailed arrangements for the difficult construction conditions, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
An aerial photo taken on July 24, 2020 shows the Super Major Bridge of the China-Laos Railway, Ban Ladhan Mekong, Laos. (Photo by Pan Longzhu / Xinhua)
The China-Laos Railway is a project between China’s proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Laos’ strategy to move from a landlocked country to a land-linked hub.
The more than 400 km long railway will link the Boten border gate in northern Laos to the China border with Vientiane with an operating speed of 160 km per hour.
The electrified passenger and freight railway is built with full application of Chinese management and technical standards. Construction on the project began in December 2016 and is expected to be completed and open to traffic in December 2021. ■