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Submitted by Peter O'neill on
There is a video posted on the front page of the WB website that shows what has been built as rural roads in laos under this project, NT2. These roads look as though they are laterite clay. The World Bank and DFID have done extensive work in SE Asia including Laos to show that these types of roads are unsustainable, poor value for money and offload a huge financial burden ofn the country in maintenance costs. A typical laterite road has a life expectancy of less than five years. recent research conducted by the WB has concluded that dust from these roads severly affects agriculture, people and livestock health. that dust is the investment going up in the air. how can this sort of poor judgement happen on a World Bank project? It is highly embarassing. You obviously did not consult the Transport Anchor in the WB or the Vietnam hydroelectric project that has an expert on rural roads advising them. 2012 !! back to 1980s more like. Peter