Rakhine State enjoys fruits of infrastructure development

Photo taken on 25 December 2017 shows construction site of Saitin Bridge on the Rathedaung-Buthidaung Road. Photo: Myint Maung Soe
Photo taken on 25 December 2017 shows construction site of Saitin Bridge on the Rathedaung-Buthidaung Road. Photo: Myint Maung Soe

Construction of a new bridge over the Kinchaung Creek in Kyaukphyu Township, Rakhine State began on 1 June 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in April 2020, according to an official from the Special Construction Group – 8 of the Department of Bridge under the Ministry of Construction. The 1,256-ft long Kinchaung Bridge on the Yangon-Kyaukphyu Road is being built with K 6,730 million ( around € 5 million) interest-free loan from Austria.
Construction of the bridge is expected to take two years and three months to finish and withstand up to 75 tons of weight, the official who is tasked with supervising the bridge construction project said. The bridge is being constructed mostly from reinforced concrete and has a 3 ft. long pedestrian walkway on each side. Once completed, it can easily connect the Kyaukphyu-Laytaung-Taungup-Sitway Road and residents from nearby areas will be able use the new structure in all seasons with greater ease, thereby contributing to socioeconomic development of the area. The facility will also directly link the Yangon-Sitway Road with Laytaung from one side and Kyauk Chaung from another side, he added.
Upon completion of the bridge, marine products from nearby areas can easily be transported to other regions and states via land routes, providing better road transportation for locals. In addition, the bridge is expected to promote development of the area, facilitate swift flow of goods, and reduce transportation charges. “If the construction of the bridge is finished as scheduled, we will be able to easily transport fishery products from our region to major cities without any delays. We once relied on motor boats for transportation,” said a resident. The bridge will be vital to link Rakhine State with other regions and will contribute to the development of Kyaukphyu Township. Road transport will no longer be a headache for local people who once experienced travel delays and access barriers to other areas.
A motor road connecting Sittway and Maungtaw in Rakhine State was built by the Ministry of Construction and five river-crossing bridges are under construction along the road. Saitin Bridge over the Buthidaung Creek on the Rathedaung-Buthidaung Road is one of them. It was built with Ks 2.73 billion funds under the supervision of Construction Group (7) of the Bridge Department under the ministry. The new facility measures 600-ft in length and 30-ft in width. Construction of the bridge started on 1 May 2016 and the project was completed on 30 March 2018. At the same time, the Ministry of Construction is building a 95th-mile long the Sittway-Ponnagyun-Rathedaung-Buthidaung-Maungtaw road network. Now local people can easily travel to Maungtaw from Sittway by car.
A new bridge connecting Sittway, capital of Rakhine State and its surrounding areas was constructed by the Road Department under the Ministry of Construction under the supervision of the local government. The project was approved in the previous government and construction of the bridge began in the fiscal years of 2016-2017. The new bridge was constructed mostly from concrete and is 164 feet in length and 31 ft. in width. Pedestrian walk ways on the bridge is 3.6 ft wide each. The bridge was built at a cost of K5 billion (around US$ 3.3 million) and construction of the bridge was completed and has been opened to traffic recently. Local people now can directly travel between Sittway and nearby areas by car or boat in an easily manner.

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