President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho flew from Nay Pyi Taw via a special Tatmadaw flight to Pathein in Ayeyawady Region yesterday to attend the stake driving ceremony for Pathein Bridge 2.
The President and First Lady were accompanied by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Dr. Myint Htwe and U Ohn Maung, Deputy Ministers U Hla Kyaw and U Kyaw Myo, Myanmar Police Force Chief Police Lt-Gen Aung Win Oo and other officials.
The President, First Lady and entourage were welcomed at Pathein Airport by Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, Regional Hluttaw Speaker U Aung Kyaw Khine, Regional High Court Chief Judge U Than Tun, Regional Advocate General U Thein Shwe, Regional ministers, Hluttaw MPs and other officials.
The President and First Lady then traveled in a motorcade to the site for the Pathein Bridge 2 stake driving ceremony and were warmly welcomed by local residents and staff along the road.
At the ceremony, Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Dr. Myint Htwe, U Han Zaw and U Ohn Maung, the Regional Chief Minister and Regional Hluttaw Speaker drove the stakes at their designated spots and sprinkled scented water on them.
The President pressed a button to drive Stand Pipe No. 1 into the ground, and then sprinkled scented water on it.
Afterwards, the President was escorted to the bridge construction meeting hall where Union Minister U Han Zaw reported on the location, objective and measurement taking process for Pathein Bridge 2; negotiations conducted with the residents living within the bridge’s construction area; the aim to complete construction within the next 2 years; the bridge construction project details; the construction progress of bridges in the Ayeyawady Region; the completion and opening of Takan Bridge and Set San Bridge in 2017-2018 FY; the opening of the completed Shwe Taung Yan (Ma Kyee Chaung) Bridge and Nga Wan (Laymyatnar) Bridge; the construction process of Myaungmya Bridge, Sawke Bridge and Kyun Pyathat Bridge; upgrading projects for Shwelaung Bridge, Wakema Bridge, Kyungone Bridge and Labutta (Pinlelay) Bridge within the current fiscal year; and the progress of feasibility studies for Tetkeltaung Bridge and Kyaiklet Bridge in addition to the various bridges to be constructed along the Ngayoutkaung-Ngwe Saung-Chaung Thar-Shwe Taung Yan-Kyuak Chun-Gwa road.
The President responded to the explanations and said the bridges must be properly constructed in accordance with the allotted national budget so that they will be of high quality standard. He said the Hluttaw MPs and local residents must cooperate to ensure the budget is not squandered. He said there needs to be preparations for smooth water transport during the construction period of the bridges.
The people in the eastern area of Pathein will receive socio-economic development once this [Pathein] Bridge is completed, said the President. He said when all the bridge construction projects are completed then Pathein City will become a significant city in the region. He urged Hluttaw MPs and local elders to carefully explain about removing buildings built in the construction area of the projects to the people living there. He said more foreign travelers will enter the region when the Ngayoutkaung-Ngwe Saung-Chaung Thar-Shwe Taung Yan-Kyuak Chun-Gwa road is improved. He also mentioned that the construction projects need to be completed according to the set deadlines.
Pathein Bridge 2 will be a 2,318 feet long steel reinforced concrete bridge when
Afterwards, the President and First Lady travelled to the construction site of the bridge in Ward 9 and 10 on the Sein Gone bank side of the river, west bank of Pathein City, and met with local residents there. The President and First Lady then went to BEHS 8 and were welcomed by the school’s Headmistress and teachers. The principal explained about their school’s requirements to the President who gave instructions to the relevant officials to ensure that their requirements are met. The President and First Lady then signed in the school’s guestbook.
The President and First Lady then visited the Shwemokhtaw Maha Pagoda in Pathein and offered flowers, water and oil lamps to the images of the Buddha, and donated Ks 3 million to the pagoda for the Buddha idol’s golden robe. The President then signed the pagoda’s guestbook. —MNA