Officials discuss measures to reduce traffic congestion, setting checkpoints along Mandalay-Muse route

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A meeting on the prevention of traffic congestion due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the establishment of checkpoints along the Mandalay-Muse route, which is used for Myanmar-China border trade, was held yesterday morning in Mandalay.
At the meeting, Mandalay Region Security and Border Affairs Minister Colonel Kyaw Kyaw Min said that although the Chinese border gates have now reopened, Muse, Traffic jams may occur as many export vehicles remain in Chinshwehaw. Therefore, the 16-mile checkpoint in Mandalay will not allow export vehicles to pass through temporarily and checkpoints will be set up at the Myitnge Toll Gate, Mandalay Htonebo Road and 62nd Junction, at the entrance of Ohnchaw, Mandalay-Lashio Road and Htonebo Junction (Yandanar Lin Junction), including Mandalay 16-mile checkpoint, after redesigning the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the second time, he said.
He said it could be a win-win situation for the government in charge of management and the private sector if traders and business owners present at the meeting will cooperate to prevent traffic congestion and avoid the high logistic cost in Muse.
Mandalay Region Commerce Minister U Thein Htay stressed the need to comply with the COVID-19 rules and regulations set by the Ministry of Health in commerce and the need to help the drivers/followers who have accompanied the traders to know the procedures to be carried out at each checkpoint.
Chairman of the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Commerce Sub-Committee Director-General U Myint Thura discussed ways to prevent traffic congestion and set checkpoints along the Mandalay-Muse route, and officials from the Department of Health and in-charges of 16-mile checkpoint in Mandalay participated in the discussion.
The chairman of the State Administration Subcommittee (northern Shan State), the director in charge of the Muse (105) mile trade centre, and the director in charge of Chinshwehaw trade centre attended the meeting via Zoom Meeting and explained the procedures to be carried out in each checkpoint, parking and parking lot conditions.
Afterwards, Mandalay Region Security and Border Affairs Minister Colonel Kyaw Kyaw Min concluded the meeting. The regional minister and Director-General U Myint Thura inspected the 16-mile cargo inspection centre on PyinOoLwin Road in Mandalay in the afternoon. — MNA

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