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October 16, 2018

Bogyoke Aung San Bridge inaugurated

The inauguration ceremony of the Bogyoke Aung San Bridge that connects Mawlamyine in Mon State and Chaungzone on the Bilugyun Island. Photo: iprd

The inauguration ceremony of the Bridge Museum and the Bogyoke Aung San Bridge linking Mawlamyine and Chaungzone townships was held yesterday morning at a pandal on the Mawlamyine side in Mon State with an opening address by U Win Myint, Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw.
The span across the Thanlwin river is especially important for Chaungzone Township on the Bilugyun island, a large, major island that, until this bridge was built, was accessible only by boat.
“The bridge is the one spanning Bilugyun, a well-known island and isolated previously and Mawlamyine crossing the mouth of the sea, which is a part of the Gulf of Mottama/ Gulf of Martaban. Bilugyun island has a population of over 120,000, 858 square kilometers in area”, said U Win Myint, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw. “It is bigger than Singapore. With better transportation, the industries and businesses of local people will develop, creating more job opportunities for local people with  upgraded socio-economic lives. And the region will also gain better education and healthcare. With the added convenience of communication not only for locals and but also for the whole nation, friendship between national brethren and union spirit will develop.
To strengthen union spirit more than ever, and to honour and remind us of Bogyoke Aung San, architect of Independence and national leader, the bridge was named after him. It is reasonable to do so. As known by all, in other countries of the world as well, national heroes and leaders who sacrificed themselves for their countries and people are honoured by recording in such a way. In India, our neighboring country, there were bridges named after Mahatma Gandhi, national patriot.”
U Win Myint added, “Just by hearing or seeing Bogyoke Aung San’s name, it will arouse union spirit, beget unity, cause patriotism, encourage people to imitate his honesty and straightforwardness and to emulate his sacrifices. Bogyoke Aung San is our benefactor who sacrificed his life without having a hint of exploiting others and brought independence for the country. In recognition of these and with a view to looking forward for the future of the country, Pyithu Hluttaw representatives put forward a motion, seconded it and made a decision. For these, we congratulate our representatives. Bogyoke Aung San managed to achieve matters on building up a federal union, acquisition of rights for nationals to self-administer and equal rights through the Panglong Agreement. Hence, as long as we hear and see Bogyoke Aung San’s name, it will remind us of the democratic policy laid down by Bogyoke Aung San, a federal democratic Union which Bogyoke Aung San wanted to build up, self-administration which Bogyoke Aung San wanted to bring about, acquisition of equality which Bogyoke Aung San wanted to give. I want our brethren to understand that it was aimed at prioritising the affairs of national people so as not to forget the affairs of federal union and democracy.”
“On such an occasion, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, who is the daughter of Bogyoke Aung San, has been leading to implement the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong for bringing about policy, principles and objectives laid down by Bogyoke Aung San, building up the federal democratic union and peace long-hoped for by our national brethren. On such a favorable occasion, Bogyoke Aung San’s name, which represents all nationals and was respected by the world, was used. Honouring the one who deserves respect is a way of reciprocating our gratitude toward him and it is in accord with auspiciousness — Mingalar. So later, names for bridges for people to use should be named after rivers, regions, national heroes and leaders. I hereby urge our national brethren to friendly co-operate, based on union spirit and make concerted efforts to build up a federal democratic union and bring about internal peace.”
The naming of the bridge after Bogyoke Aung San drew criticism and petitions from residents of Mon State and other regions.
The bridge becomes the 9th span over the Thanlwin River and the 2nd for Mon State. The landmark bridge connecting Mawlamyine and Bilugyun region would boost the socio-economy of the area as the businesses, including hotels, tourism and production businesses, will flourish, thanks to better communication and transportation, said Union Minister for  Construction U Win Khaing. The bridge was formally opened by Chief Minister of Mon State Dr Aye Zan, Amyotha Hluttaw MP  Daw Myat Thidar Tun, Amyotha Hluttaw MP U Lin Tin Htay, Pyithu Hluttaw MP Daw Mar Mar Khaing, Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Tin Ko Ko Oo, Director of the Construction Group-4 (Bridge) U Thein Myint Mon.
Bogyoke Aung San Bridge is about a mile long and was built by Myanmar engineers with the use of international construction techniques.
Following  the opening ceremony, Bogyoke Aung San Bridge (Balukyun) Museum was also inaugurated with the presence of MPs and governmental officials.—Myanmar News Agency

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