Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who was in Htantalan to review the progress of regional development works, met Chin State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai; Chin State Hluttaw Speaker U Zo Bwe; Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Than Htut and U Kyaw Lin; State Ministers; Permanent Secretaries; the directors general and officials from the Htantalan Department of Roads at the guest house on the morning of 5 February.
At the meeting, the Vice President was briefed about the Htantalan-Hnaring-Rezua-Matupi road and Haka-Matupi road projects, the progress of road works, plans to be implemented in the 2018-2019 fiscal year (FY) and the road projects planned for the 2018-2019 FY by Department of Roads Director U Kyaw Myo Htut.
U Salai Lian Luai, U Kyaw Lin and Permanent Secretary U Tin Myint provided additional explanations to the Vice President.
The Vice President suggested that quality materials must be used to lay roads of high standards, smooth road inclination on the ascent and descent parts of roads must be maintained, the construction of roadside drains must be completed before the arrival of the rains and durability of the roads must be ensured.
The Vice President then went on to Htantalan People’s Hospital to inspect a site where a 50-bed hospital building extension is to be built and the construction of six 138×43 square feet rooms and two storey-reinforced concrete staff houses is ongoing, explanations for which were provided by Department of Public Health Director General Dr. Tha Tun Kyaw and Department of Buildings Chief Engineer U Khin Maung Swe.
The Vice President spoke about constructing a model hospital that the people could rely on.
Next, the Vice President viewed the Htantalan Town regional development works from the Htantalan Town viewpoint.
Later, U Henry Van Thio inspected the construction and repair work of the Htantalan-Hnaring-Rezua-Matupi road.
The Htantalan-Hnaring-Rezua-Matupi road is one of the main roads in the Chin State road network and is managed by the Chin State government. It links districts and townships in Chin State and is 128.4 kilometres long.
Upon their arrival, the Vice President and his delegation were greeted with traditional dances in Hmawngtlang Village and Hnaring Town. In Hnaring Town, the Vice President attended a ceremony to declare Hnaring as a town. State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai and other ministers declared the town open by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Hnaring Town was designated as a town by order No. 508(74)/12, dated 14 August 2017, by the President’s Office, which was put on record by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on 17 August 2017. It was designated as a town by the Ministry of Home Affairs through letter no. 116/2017, dated 13 September 2017.
As the Vice President and his delegation continued along the road, they were greeted with traditional dances in Rezua Town and Tingsi Village.
They also inspected the planned construction site of the Matupi district-level departmental office, where Matupi Township Administrator U Toe Toe Tun and Hluttaw representative U Pa Htan briefed about the project to them. U Henry Van Thio then went on to Matupi Town via Phaneng Village, where his delegation was greeted with traditional dances upon arrival.