The road section between Eindu and Zarthabyin in Hpa-an Township of Kayin State has connected to Mon State via the Gyaing River.
Although its was a 12-ft wide tarred road in the past, it was upgraded into a 24-ft wide asphalt concrete road in 2016-2017 financial year.
It also connects to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) East-West Economic Corridor, Hpa-an- Kawkareik-Myawady Asia Highway and Zarthabyin-Kyonephe-Kyarkalay road. About 2,000 vehicles run on the Eindu-Zarthabyin road section every day for the flow of passengers and commodities along Asia highway to Mawlamyine, Mottma, Thaton and Yangon.
U Kyi Lwin, the officer of Road Department in Hpa-an District, said, “The Eindu- Zarthabyin road section has been upgraded to a 24-ft wide asphalt concrete with budget of K8,398.78 million. Two bridges of Zarthabyin and Atthayan are under construction with the JICA loan. The flow of commodities would surely increase after these bridges are complete in 2023.” This road section is also linking with the East-West Corridor that passes through Viet Nam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, and also a section of the Luang Prabang-Indochina-Mawlamyine Economic Corridor (LIMEC).—Saw Myo Min Thein (IPRD)(Translated by Aung Khin)