New Bridge to promote socio-economy of Rakhine people

Panzin Creek Bridge that links Buthidaung and Yathedaung Townships was commissioned into service in Rakhine State yesterday. Photo: MNA

A 960-foot long bridge over the Panzin Creek linking Buthidaung and Yathedaung townships in Rakhine State was inaugurated yesterday, becoming one of the infrastructure development tasks implemented in Rakhine State by the new government during its first year in office.
The opening ceremony of the reinforced concrete bridge with its width 24 foot and a 3 foot pedestrian walkway on each side, 19 foot above water line, 60 ton loading capacity was held at the site in Buthidaung.
Work on construction of the facility started in April 2014.
In his opening address, Union Minister for Construction U Win Khaing said that the Ministry had been focusing on the development of Rakhine State by working together with the Rakhine State government as the Rakhine State lagged behind in development because of its poor road transportation.
The Ministry of Construction has been working on the upgrading of all the roads providing access to Rakhine State. The major roads which are being upgraded are Thandwe-Gwa- Ngathainggyoung road from Ayeyawady Region and Yangon Region, Pyay-Padaung-Taungup-Maei-Kyaukpyu road from Bago Region, Minbu-An-Sittway road from Magway Region, Kyauktaw-Palatwa-Matupe-Hakha-Falam-Teddim-Tonzang-Kyikha road from Chin State and Taungpyo-Maungtaw-Buthidaung-Yathedaung-Ponna gyun-Sittway border trade road.
Besides,theYangon-Sittwe road used by the most passengers buses and trucks has been upgraded to concrete road.
The minister said the local residents need to maintain the roads and bridges including Panzin Creek Bridge for their long-term sustainability.
Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu said words of thanks for the development of roads and bridges on behalf of Rakhine residents. Then,  U Aung Kyaw Zan, Rakhine State Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation , U Aung Thaung Shwe and U Maung Kyaw Zan, Members of Parliament, U Thein Naing, Deputy Director of Department of Bridge and local resident U Maing Myi Tha cut the ribbon and Union Minister U Win Khaing and Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu switched on the memorial tablet before passing through the bridge together with local residents.
A local resident Daw Win Kyi from Ward 5 in Buthidaung said “I am very pleased to have better transportation due to the bridge. Before the bridge, it takes a long time in travelling by water way. It was also inconvenient for the daily travellers who have to pay for boat charges.
Thanks to all the responsible persons.”
A local resident, U Mya Tha said “it is wonderful to have the bridge constructed. Now we can go both by water way and by road. But I would like to advise that it would not be complete for having it.
It is required to construct other bridges for the development as the Rakhine State geographically has plenty of
mountains and rivers.”
U Thein Naing, Deputy Director of Department of Bridge said “we constructed the bridge in priority to help local resident who depends on waterways. We continue to construct 600-foot long Saidin Bridge, 500-foot long Thaungdaya Bridge and other bridges across
the creeks.”
He continued, “If the road reaches from Yathaedaung-Punnagyun to Sittway, it can access to the whole country. We will finish the road in 2018-2019.
The bridge can be said Border Bridge and regional development will be expected through the use of that bridge.”—Myanmar News Agency

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