The Union Government has been prioritizing the development of infrastructure, including supply of electricity and road transport, which are the main requirements for socioeconomic progress of the people, said Vice-President Henry Van Thio at the opening of the Ngawon Bridge (Laymyethna) in Hinthada District of Ayeyawady Region.
“The Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan 2018-2020 adopted in 2018 involves setting up prioritized infrastructures that support sustainable development and different businesses, under the three-goal framework of prosperity and cooperation. The government’s national development drive endeavours to ensure equitable development in all regions and states,” he said.
“As the Ayeyawady Region lies on a delta, it is the rice bowl of Myanmar. With its natural waterways, big and small, the region has rich water resources. The region also has unspoiled sea beaches and offshore natural resources, such as natural gas. With several rivers and streams running through it, the region primarily relies on water transport, which is the cheapest form of travel, but it is slow and, in some cases, people need other modes of transport to reach destinations which are far from the port.
Thanks to efforts made by successive governments, Ayeyawady Region now has intra- and inter- road and waterway networks,” said the Vice-President.
“The launching of an air trip between Yangon and Pathein, the capital of Ayeyawady Region, has ensured further convenience to both local and foreign travelers. The region now has 1,862 miles of roads and, with the opening of the 1,968-foot Ngawon Bridge, it now has 99 bridges measuring more than 180 feet. Necessary reinforcements will be made at Wakhema Bridge, Laputta (Pinlelay) Bridge, Shwelaung Bridge, and Kyungon Bridge, to increase their longevity. The new Myaungmya Bridge will be opened in April 2019. The completion of major bridges will improve transport for regional people and bring development to multiple sectors,” he said.
“The Union Government is trying to use the most effective means, without financial wastage, to implement projects in the interest of the nation, the regions, and the states. Local people and officials concerned must cooperate to ensure there is no wastage of public funds and the facilities offered are of good quality. The President has already urged quality control in building infrastructure,” he said.
The Vice-President said the government is putting an administrative machinery in place for shaping a democratic system. Administrative officials at all levels must discharge their duties fairly, within the framework of law, and ensure public freedom and security, he said. The administrative machinery should not become a burden for the people, and they should strictly follow the directives laid down by the President, he added.
“The government has been implementing multi-sector reforms and development projects in keeping with the slogans — ‘Time for a change’, ‘Together with the people’, and ‘The strength of unity’. The success of the reforms will depend on full support from the people. So, the people of the Ayeyawady Region are urged to continue their involvement in the government’s reforms. Officials concerned must take responsibility and ensure accountability for the quality of the infrastructure being constructed for national development, as taxes paid by the public are being used. The people should also lend a helping hand in maintaining the infrastructure. All ethnic brethren must strive in harmony and unison in building a democratic federal union with solidarity, consolidation, and love,” said the Vice-President.
Afterwards, Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw explained the salient points of the bridge project, and the Chief Minister for Ayeyawady Region U Hla Moe Aung highlighted undertakings for regional development.
Thereafter, the Vice-President and officials watched students perform traditional dances. Then, the Union Minister for Construction and the Chief Minister for Ayeyawady Region and other officials formally opened the bridge. This was followed by the Vice-President and the attendees posing for documentary photos.
After the Vice-President unveiled the stone plaque, he and other officials sprinkled scented water on it. At the briefing hall of the project, the Vice-President heard a report on completed bridges, bridges under construction, and future projects in the region for the fiscal year 2018-2019.
Measuring 1968.5 feet, the Ngawon Bridge (Laymyethna) is located on Laymyethna-Khattu-Pandawgyi Road in Hinthada District, Ayeyawady Region. Its foundation was laid with 1.2-metre bored piles, its body was built with reinforced concrete, the main structure was erected using steel box girders and paved with reinforced slabs.
The bridge has a 24-foot wide road, flanked by 3.5-foot walkways. The bridge’s clearance area is 173 feet wide and 20 feet high. It can withstand loads of up to 75 tons. The bridges department under the Ministry of Construction began building the bridge on 18 November, 2016.
In the afternoon, the Vice President inspected bank erosion in Zalun Township, Hinthada District, and visited the place where a new bank will be built. At the briefing hall, the Vice President and party heard a report on preventive efforts, building of a new bank to stop erosion, preventive measures against bank erosion near a village in Zalun Township, pest infection of corn fields in Ayeyawady Region and spraying of pesticides.
In response, the Vice President said the number and rate of bank erosions has increased in the region. So, the regional government must take preventive measures, curb illegal production of sand and stones in the watercourses and complete the new bank before the onset of monsoons. —MNA (Translated by TMT)