August 18, 2016

Regional ministry awaits approval for use of forest land for Mandalay-PyinOoLwin new road section

THE ministry is waiting for the Forest Department’s approval on construction of the Mandalay-PyinOoLwin new road section as this road is included in the forest area, said the regional Minister for Road Transportation yesterday.
Submission of approval to the Forest Department was completed but no response has come to us yet, said Minister U Kyaw Hsan, adding that 846 acres of forest area is included in the project to build more than 20-mile long new road section that will be built on the forest area and 546 acres of vacant land as well.
According to the minister, the existing Mandalay-PyinOo Lwin road sees traffic congestions as around 10,000 vehicles are running on it on average every day.
Upon completion, the new road section can help road users reduce travel time as the road which is currently used is more than 40 miles long, said the minister.
The ministry sought approval from the Forest Department to use the forest land for construction of the new road section since last year’s August.
“We had already conveyed the ministry’s request for the use of forest land for road construction to the Union Minister,” said regional Minster for Forest and Mining U Than Soe Myint, adding that permission is expected to get soon.   The minister also stated that travel time can be reduced thanks to the new road section and it can thereby contribute towards regional development and the swift flow of commodities.
According to sources, Axiom Mandalay Highway Construction Co., Ltd was permitted to build the road section under the Built, Operate and Transfer system. The new road section will pass through 10 bridges and an oil pipeline.


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