With the growing interest of the pilgrims, construction of Zalon Taung bus terminal has begun from 8 October on 31.54 acres wide land to facilitate the visitors.
The Zalon Taung Pagoda is located in Bamauk, Sagaing Region.
“The bus terminal is developed by Terrain Company under Build-Operate-Transfer model granted by the Sagaing Region government. It will include hotel building which can accommodate 500 people. Lounges, office rooms, car workshop, petrol station, clinic, terminal which can accommodate 100 Express cars and 172 mountain cars, oil tank with a storage capacity of 27,400 gallons and public toilets. The construction is expected to complete next year”, said U Win Shwe, Hluttaw representative from Bamauk constituency.
Land preparation works started and it is likely to end in November, said in-charge of Zalon Taung bus association.
“Land development is expected to finish in the end of October under the current weather condition”, he added.
Over 200,000 visitors visited Zalon Taung pagoda between November and April of open season for pilgrims, said U Aung Thu Oo, head of Sagaing Region Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.
“Since August 2017, Sagaing Region government led by Chief Minister Dr. Myint Naing has been implementing six tour destinations, Sagaing, Monywa, Shwebo, Katha, Kalay and Khamti. Local pilgrims mostly flock to Zalon Taung and reclining figure called Alaungdaw Kathapa. Those places are crowded with pilgrims during high season”, said U Aung Thu Oo. At present, 42 sites are set as nature reserve of the country. Zalon Taung area is reported to be listed as nature reserve, according to an announcement of the Forest Department.
Myo Win Tun (Monywa)