Lao Capital Villagers Balk at Below-Market Payment For Land Lost to Expressway

Residents of 18 villages in two districts of Laos’ capital Vientiane have refused to accept state compensation for loss of land to a local toll expressway project, saying that the amount offered is much lower than market value.

Officials are offering the nearly 160 families from 12 villages in Xaysettha and six villages in Xaythany districts U.S. $9-12 per square meter for a total 242 hectares (600 acres), a resident of Xay village in Xaythany district told RFA’s Lao Service on Tuesday.


RFA’s Lao Service