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March 02, 2018

Villagers demand an end to brick wall construction on expressway

11 villages near the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway’s mile post No. 192 demanded an end to the setting up of brick walls along the road section by the Ministry of Construction yesterday.
Villagers called on the ministry to cease building the wall as it will cause chaos for villagers wishing to travel to nearby towns, said U Thiha Kyaw Swa Tun, Ya Bein village administrator, on behalf of the 11 villages.
“All the 11 villages will be blocked off if the brick walls are built along the road,” added the administrator, suggesting that measures to ensure the easy travel of the villagers should be taken before fencing.
U Kyaw Swe Latt, one of villagers from Ya Bein village, called for an end to fencing which is blocking a village road leading to mile post No.192 of the expressway, saying that the road is the only available passage for the 11 villages.
“If the road is blocked by the brick wall, we cannot go to Lewe Township,” he said, adding that two bridges should be built before the walls are installed in order to make it easier for villages to travel.
A letter demanding an end to the construction of the brick walls will be sent to the Construction Ministry via the Lewe Township administrator, said locals, pointing out that schoolchildren from the 11 villages will face difficulties in getting to school due to construction of the walls.
“We need an alternative way of traveling without using the expressway,” said U Khaing Min, a local farmer.
According to locals, an engineering team of the ministry halted the wall construction and left the workplace in the afternoon due to the collective demand of the villages. Regarding the villagers’ demand, a responsible person of the ministry replied that they were working toward a solution.—Thein Ko Lwin


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