The Kyauk Chun Bridge in Gwa Township, Rakhine State, was commissioned into service yesterday. The bridge will serve as a direct road link between Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State.
The bridge was officially opened in the presence of Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Tha Aung, Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw, Chief Minister of Rakhine State, U Nyi Pu, Chief Minister of Ayeyawady Region U Hla Moe Aung, and ministers from regions/states and other officials.
“At present, Gwa Township enjoys 24-hour access to electricity. In terms of transport, the Thandwe-Gwa road has been improved. The opening of the Kyauk Chun Bridge will help develop the economy, society, and trade in the Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State. It will also support the development of Gwa Township,” said U Aye Tha Aung at the ceremony.
“Local people must grab this opportunity and work for their family, township, and country. Next, the Ministry of Construction will propose construction of a new bridge over the Gwa Creek to the Union Government. I hope that will work out soon,” he added.
“The Kyauk Chun Bridge is located on the Ma Kyay Ngu-Kyauk Chun road in Gwa Township and links the coastal regions of Nga Yoke Kaung, Ngwehsaung, Chaung Tha, Shwethaungyan, Wet Thay, and Ma Gyee Sin Village. So, it is an important bridge for the Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State,” said the Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw.
“In order to develop, a country or region needs to develop infrastructure first. From Rakhine State, we can now travel from Bandula, Maungtaw Township to Kyauk Chun, Gwa Township. Within this year, we will try to bring electricity to all townships. Manaung Township will get electricity soon with the help of the Posco Daewoo Company. We have tried to quickly develop our education, health, and society sectors, too,” said the Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pu.
Afterwards, local people expressed thanks for the bridge.
Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker, Hluttaw representatives, and departmental officials opened the bridge with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Department of Bridges began the construction of the bridge on 19 December 2017, with fund from the Department of Rural Road Development. The bridge is 200 ft in length, a width of the bridge is 24 ft and 22 ft for the road vehicle. Load capacity of the bridge is 60 tons. It has been built at a cost of 800 million kyats, including the construction of approach road and frames.
The Ministry of Construction is setting goals for proportional development of the whole country, including the border areas. During the two years of the present Union Government, the Department of Highways has constructed over 26,000 miles of roads. A total of 1,159 miles of roads in Rakhine State and 1,752 miles of roads in Ayeyawady Region have been constructed, and the Gwa-Ngathaingchaung and the Gwa-Thandwe roads that link Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State are being upgraded.
Moreover, the Department of Bridges has constructed 550 bridges which measure more than 180 ft in length. A total of 97 bridges which measure more than 180 ft in length have been built in Ayeyawady Region, and 57 bridges measuring over 180 ft in length have been built in Rakhine State. A total of 17 bridges are presently undergoing construction.
Under the Department of Rural Road Development, 1,766 miles of rural roads were built in Rakhine State and work is on to lengthen Buthidaung-Thabatetaung-Nyaung Chaung-Aung Zaya-Angumaw road to 46 miles 5 furlongs, while 2,916 miles of rural roads and 1,940 bridges have been upgraded.
The Ministry of Construction aims to construct and upgrade annually rural roads for 80 per cent of the rural area so 90 per cent of people in the rural area can travel during any season by 2030.
—Zin Oo (Myanma Alinn) (Translated by Myat Thandar Aung)