December 09, 2016

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Two villages to be designated as towns in Maungtaw District

Villagers loading the boats with rice bags for trading. Photo: Nay Lin
Villagers loading the boats with rice bags for trading. Photo: Nay Lin

Myinlook and Khamaungseik villages in Maungtaw District, Rakhine State, are in the process of being upgraded into towns soon, according to Dr Chantha, Social Affairs Minister of the Rakhine State Government.
The change in designation is not just ceremonial, the minister said.
“The decision has been made to upgrade Myinlook and Khamaungseik into towns,” he said. “When the villages become towns, hospitals and schools can be built there. Transportation will improve, and the areas will develop.”
Maungtaw District is a mountainous region near the Naf River and the Mayu River. The Mayu mountain ranges are Rakhine State’s most recognizable geographical feature, and the district thrives on agriculture, fishing and prawn breeding.
“As soon as the decision has been approved by the union government, fallow and virgin land will be allocated for farming, especially for local farmers,” said U Kyaw Lwin, minister for agriculture, livestock and mining of the state government.
Maungtaw District is home to 800,000 people and shares a border with Kyauktaw, Ponnagyun and Rathedaung in Rakhine State, Paletwa in Chin State and Bangladesh.—Min Thit (MNA)

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