August 19, 2016

Construction Ministry to inspect major bridges

AS part of the government’s 100-day plan, the Ministry of Construction is planning to inspect major bridges across the country to ensure public safety and identify the durability and stability of the structures according to Union Minister U Win Khaing.
Plans—short term, medium term and long term— will be drawn up for the maintenance of the bridges to ensure safety, sustainability and durability following the nation-wide bridge inspections said the Union minister during a Q & A session held during the Amyotha Hluttaw session in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.
The bridge inspections are set to cover all major bridges in the country, added the Union minister while answering a question raised by U Soe Moe of Ayeyawady Region Construction No (1).
He responded to a question regarding bridges and regular inspections.
“I welcome regular inspection of bridges,” said the Amyotha Hluttaw representative.
However, it is required that action be taken to protect against the possible lapse of regular bridge inspections, he told the media after the parliamentary session. At a press conference held on the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw Expressway the Union minister warned that engineers will be sentenced to prison if roads and bridges they build do not meet construction standards. The minister added that the durability of roads and bridges built in the time of the new government is conservatively considered to be five years.—Thein Ko Lwin


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