Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than attended an opening ceremony of Myawady-Wawlay concrete road constructed by Ministry of Construction Department Road, Kawkareik District, Kayin State held at a pandal on the road section yesterday morning.
The ceremony was attended by Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw, Kayin State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint, Kayin State Hluttaw Speaker U Saw Chit Khin and state ministers, Saw Mo Shay of Democratic Kayin Benevolent Army, Hluttaw representatives, heads of department, state, district and township level officials, local ethnic nationals, invited guest and ethnic traditional dance troupes.
In his opening speech to the event Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than said the Myawady-Wawlay road opened today was previously just an earth road and was now being upgraded to a concrete and tar road. Myawady-Wawlay road situated on the western bank of Thaungyin River and on the eastern side of Dawna Mountain range is an important road for border area development. The road was constructed along the Thai-Myanmar border and is a very important road for locals living in the area as well as being a road on which local products can flow easily and smoothly in a short time frame to develop trade. The State had allocated and permitted funds to upgrade the Myawady-Wawlay Road as a concrete road with an aim to develop the basic infrastructure in Kayin State and develop the socio-economic situation of the local ethnic nationals.
As there was no peace in Kayin State in the past, basic infrastructures such as roads and bridges could not be constructed and now in line with the wishes of the people, peace process works were implemented in stages and with the achievement of peace, infrastructures such as roads and bridges were developed and constructed. Local populace need to maintain together the developed roads and bridges.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker also thanked the peace organizations, companies and local populace for pitching in and helping toward the establishment of Myawady-Wawlay Road.
Next Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw explained that the 44 miles 7 furlong long Myawady-Wawlay road opened today connects Myawady town and Wawlaymyaing town. In the past only about 12 miles was tarred while the remaining 32 miles 7 furlong was just an earth road. Starting from fiscal year 2016-2017 to fiscal year 2019-2020, State capital fund Ks 8,807.04 million was used to construct 18 ft. wide concrete road. The road had 51 concrete bridges that were under 50 ft. long and one concrete bridge above 180 ft. long. The road also had 64 concrete culverts. The aim was to upgrade existing roads and bridges in Myanmar to ASEAN Class III level 18 ft. wide concrete/asphalt road by 2030. Although Myawady-Wawlay road was a town connecting road, it was situated along the Thai-Myanmar border and is an important road for trade. As Kayin State had achieved close to 100 percent peace, Ministry of Construction was able to construct and upgrade roads and bridges. The locals are urged to maintain the road constructed with state fund so that trade can be conducted with ease said the Union Minister.
Afterwards Saw Mo Shay of Democratic Kayin Benevolent Army explained about peace works and road transport development works conducted in Kayin State.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw, Kayin State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint, Pyithu Hluttaw representative U Sein Bo and Saw Mo Shay of Democratic Kayin Benevolent Army then cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the road and took commemorative group photo.
Following this Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Union Minister, State Chief Minister and guests inspected the Myawady-Wawlay Road.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)