The Minthan-Maunghlaw Bridge connecting Taninthayi, Myeik and Kyunsu townships is on a road classified as Class (A) priority level (1) and will be given priority to be implemented before the 2020-2021 fiscal year (FY), explained Ministry of Construction Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin.
He was responding to a question raised by U Zaw Hein of Taninthayi constituency (7) on the plan to build the Minthan-Maunghlaw Bridge connecting Taninthayi, Myeik and Kyunsu townships during the 10th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday.
The deputy minister added that the road on which Minthan-Maunghlaw Bridge will be built is managed by the Rural Road Development Department, and the 1,800-feet-long bridge will be built to connect Minthan Village in Myeik Township with Maunghlaw Village in Kyunsu Township. The Taungpale-Shantaung-Minthan road in Myeik Township is on the Myeik-Taninthayi-Kawthoung union road said the Union Minister.
On the Kyunsu Township side, it will connect to Yataung-Minkote-Pyinwin-Gyotaung-Wayitkayin-Wayitmyanmar-Lethit west road and Maunghlaw-Zaykami-Nyaungbi-Anyin-Peya road via Maunghlaw Village and will benefit some 30,000 people, noted the Deputy Minister. Next, Ministry of Construction Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin replied to a question raised by U Soe Thain of Kayah State constituency (9) on the plan to build a Ponnagyun-Pauktaw river-crossing bridge for the development of northern Rakhine State, stating that the Kissapa Nadi (Kaladan) Bridge is not like the river-crossing bridges on Ayeyawady, Chindwin, Thanlwin and Sittaung rivers, as it is near a river mouth where there is high tide, and double-decker vessels from inland water transport pass through the Sittway-Ponnagyun-MraukU-Kyauktaw route daily. The height of the bridge needs to be above 100 metres, but the machinery being used in the construction of bridges in Myanmar are incapable of constructing such a bridge, so, the country will require higher-capability machinery. Therefore, it will be costlier, and there will be limited funds to construct it, he said.
The main entry roads to Rakhine State, Minbu-An-Sittway road and Ngathaingchaung-Gwa road are being upgraded as a priority in the current five-year project period, and foreign aid will be pursued to construct the Kissapa Nadi (Kaladan) Bridge, while the bridge will be constructed as soon as foreign funds are available for it, replied the Deputy Minister.
Responding to a question posed by U Tin Aung Tun of Magway Region constituency (5) on the action taken against persons responsible for the collapse of the approach road to the newly built Yaypuyochaung Bridge in Minbu Township after the work done and quality control group had reviewed and accepted the work, U Kyaw Lin said the repair work was being conducted by his ministry, and instructions had been sent to take necessary action against the company and persons responsible for constructing the Yaypuyochaung Bridge.
Questions raised by Dr. U Kywe Kywe of Mandalay Region constituency (6), Dr. Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State constituency(11) and Daw Than Than Aye of Magway Region constituency (7) were also fielded by Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin.
Next, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than informed the Hluttaw about the bill on the registration of deeds being approved and returned with amendments by the Pyithu Hluttaw. He requested the Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the bill to enrol their names. U Min Oo of Bago constituency (6) then tabled a motion of condolences for the demise of Daw Sheila Nan Taung @ M Nan Taung of Kachin State constituency (2), which was agreed on by the Hluttaw, and Hluttaw Speaker Mah Win Khaing Than announced the approval of the motion.
The Hluttaw also agreed on providing social assistance with a daily allowance by the Hluttaw whenever a Hluttaw representative passes away, and the Hluttaw speaker announced the approval of the Hluttaw on this matter.
The 11th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held on 2 February.
Aye Aye Thant (Myanmar News Agency)