BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- With a 25-meter-long rail steadily laid on the subgrade, the Yuxi-Mohan section of the China-Laos Railway on Tuesday kicked off its track laying in Yuxi city, southwest China's Yunnan Province.
The tracks are expected to be connected with the section of the railway in Laos in April 2021, laying a foundation for the opening and operation of the railway at the end of 2021.
Affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and the construction progress of the tunnels, the time for the track laying has been compressed. The CPG500 track laying machine will be used to enhance the efficiency of the track laying and ensure completion of the task on schedule, according to Liu Shugong, head of the track laying project department of the Yuxi-Mohan section under China Railway First Group Co., Ltd. (CRFG).
It is reported that the track laying for the section of the railway in Laos started on March 27 this year. It was the first time the CYP500 track laying machine has been used in railway construction in Southeast Asia. The CYP500 can lay about 2-km tracks per day, exceeding the required average daily laying progress of 1.5 km.
The China-Laos Railway is a strategic docking project between the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Laos' strategy to convert from a landlocked country to a land-linked hub.
The electrified passenger and cargo railway is built with the full application of Chinese management and technical standards.
The railway project started in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in December 2021. (Edited by Hu Pingchao with Xinhua Silk Road, firstname.lastname@example.org)