New bridges improve transport links in coastal Rakhine State

Vice President U Nyan Tun poses for documentary photo together with union ministers, officials and Rakhine damsels at opening ceremony of Sun Ye Bridge on Pauktaw-Minbya Road.
Vice President U Nyan Tun poses for documentary photo together with union ministers, officials and Rakhine damsels at opening ceremony of Sun Ye Bridge on Pauktaw-Minbya Road.

Two new bridges opened to traffic on Saturday in coastal Rakhine State, a gateway to neighbouring countries via the Indian Ocean, as part of ongoing improvements to regional transport infrastructure.
Vice President U Nyan Tun officially opened the 1,216-foot Sun Ye Bridge and the 900-foot Sinkhonetine Bridge, both of which can accommodate vehicles of up to 60 tonnes each, on Pauktaw-Minbya road.
The ceremony was also attended by union ministers, including Lt. Gen Thet Naing Win, U Soe Thane, Dr Than Aung and U Kyaw Lwin, U Maung Maung Ohn, chief minister of Rakhine State, deputy ministers and state government ministers.
At the ceremony, U Nyan Tun said roads play a crucial role for the development of economy, adding that the government has been emphasizing major road projects since taking office.
Myanmar is currently conducting a feasibility study for construction of bridges and tunnels along Minbu-Ann Road, as well as joint research with Japan to determine optimal construction materials to resist sea water and natural disasters.
Nay Pyi Taw-Magway-Minbu-An-Kyaukpyu Road will also constructed through the Build-Operate-Transfer system, with upgrading of Minbu-An-Sittway, Pyay-Padaung-Taungup-Thandwe and Ngathainggyoung-Gwa-Thandwe roads, as well as construction of Kyauktaw-Paletwa Rad.
As part of its plan to improve connections between different parts of the country, the union government will allocate funds to upgrade the Buthidaung-Alethankyaw-Angumaw Road, as well as electricity supply and telecommunications.
The vice president urged local people to contribute their efforts in the development programmes of the government.
In Rakhine, the union government has allocated funds for 18 bridges and 191 miles of tarred roads in 2011-2012 fiscal year; 32 bridges and 104 miles of tarred roads in 2012-2013 fiscal year; nine bridges and 36 miles in 2013-2014 fiscal year; 12 bridges and 42 miles of tarred roads in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
Chief minister U Maung Ohn said he appreciated the importance of improving infrastructure in Rakhine State.
The vice president and party flew back from Sittway to Nay Pyi Taw in the evening.

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