The Department of Bridges under the Ministry of Construction is building several bridges that will help regional development in Rakhine State, officials said yesterday.
The bridge projects include the Sai Din Bridge, which is nearly half done and will facilitate travel between Ponnakyun and Buthidaung when complete. It has been learnt that arrangements are being made to finish the bridge in March.
The construction of Sai Din Bridge began in December 2016. The bridge is a two-way concrete bridge measuring 600 ft in length, 24 ft in width and 9 ft in height. The bridge is being constructed with 150 labourers to complete the project within the designated time.
“It was targeted to complete the construction in March, at the end of the open season prior to monsoon season. On completion of the bridge, development along the region will remarkably be gained. In the past, local people used to depend only on waterway. On completion of the Ponnakyun-Rathedaung-Buthidaung Road, regional development will rise up remarkably. Transport plays an important role for the regional development”, said U Myint Naing Oo, deputy director of the bridge department.
There are four other bridges being constructed — Yathedaung Bridge, Thaung Bridge, Nga San Paw Bridge and Ywa Haung Bridge. The spans are targeted to be completed in March, the end of the budget year and before the monsoon reason.
According to the Bridge Department, the Sai Din Bridge will cost an estimated Ks2.73 billion.
Daw Pu Ma Nyo, a local woman living in Phon Nyo Leit village, opposite of the Sai Din Creek said, “Now we are plying Buthidaung by waterway. So, it is not convenient to travel by waterway all the time, Upon completion of the bridge, it will be convenient for all of us. We find it difficult to sell our crops by waterway. So we thank a lot for the construction of this road”.