The Road Department is preparing to resume the improvement of Eindu-Kawkareik road in Kayin State as the dispute on land compensation has been settled this month, said Assistant Director Min Banyar Htaw.
The upgrade of two-lane road with a total length of 64.735 kilometre—40 .44 km of Lot-1 between Eindu village and Gyine bridge and 24.295 km of Lot-2 between Gyine bridge and Kawkareik— was started in December 2016. It is a part of the Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor, linking Myanmar to Thailand, which begins from the Danang Port of Viet Nam.
Although the improvement of Eindu-Kawkareik road was funded by US$100 million loan from the Asian Development Bank, $20 million loan from ASEAN Infrastructure Fund and $1.8 million from state revenue, the ADB loan was suspended in 2017 as the project was said to breach environment conservation rules in extracting rocks for the road in Lyunnya Mountain. The loan was given again only in May 2019, delaying the project one and half years.
As the local authorities have negotiated land compensation this month and the remaining 4-km road section could be upgraded after rainy season, the entire Eindu-Kawkareik road could be finalized by 31 May 2021. The China Road and Bridge Corporation Co. Ltd., has won the bid to improve the road under the management of Ministry of Construction, and the road is a major transportation routes for both passengers and cargoes between Myanmar and Thailand.—Saw Myo Min Thein (IPRD) (Translated by Aung Khin)