Yangon, 12 July— President U Thein Sein on Sunday opened a new bridge in Kyauktan Township, Yangon region, shortening the travel distance between the rural area and Yangon city and the amount of time it takes people to between the two places.
The Hmawwun Bridge, spanning 900 feet (274.32 metres), links Wegyi and Panchaung villages and helps people take a 15-mile-motorway without passing through neighbouring Thongwa Township anymore to go to Yangon as the old route is more than 37 mile long to avoid Hmawwun creek.
The new route has reduced from 4 to 2 hours travel time between these villages and downtown Yangon.
Local dignities said Kyauktan Township was divided into northern and southern parts due to separation of Hmawwun creek, causing transportation difficulties and lagging behind other neighbouring areas in health, education, business, agriculture, livestock and social development sectors.
They also wished President U Thein Sein’s to continue rural development programmes in the following years.
Chief Minister of Yangon region U Myint Swe explained poverty reduction and rural development programmes in the region.
President U Thein Sein said Kyauktan Township is one of the major agricultural areas that is supplying foods for seven million residents in Yangon city, and the new bridge could help promote socio-economy, education and health services of 80,000 population in 45 villages of southern Kyauktan Township.
U Thein Sein also pledged his government will construct an embankment that can also be used as motorway along the Gulf of Muttama in southern part of the town, and will build a coal-fired power plant that can adhere environmental norms with little impacts.
Kyauktan area has potentials to develop small and medium scaled industries by linking with Thilawa special economic zone of Yangon region, and with Mon state by crossing Sittoung River.
President U Thein Sein, along with all-round outstanding youth Maung Thiha Zaw, Ma Thin Thin Hlaing from Myanmar Girl Guides Association and Ma May Yadanar Oo who won five flying colours in 2014-2015 matriculation exam, opened the new bridge.
The Hmawwun Bridge was constructed with the 2014-2015 budget of Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development.—MNA