Rakhine State gets another vital highway

Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Aye Tha Aung, center, walks along the ceremonial procession opening the  Sittway Ponnagyun-Yathedaung-Buthidaung-Maungtaw highway.  Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Aye Tha Aung, center, walks along the ceremonial procession opening the Sittway Ponnagyun-Yathedaung-Buthidaung-Maungtaw highway.  Photo: Myanmar News Agency

One of the main highways in Rakhine State, linking Maungtaw with its capital Sittway, was opened along with its five major bridges, yesterday, said Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) U Aye Tha Aung.
U Aye Tha Aung said Rakhine State was the least developed area in the union because of poor transport and insufficient electricity.
He said the highway linking Sittway and Maungtaw, via Ponnagyun, Yathedaung and Buthedaung, and the five bridges were opened. The road and the five bridges are important to the state. A developed area needs better infrastructure, such as road and bridges, power supply and transport. Now, Yathedaung gets round-the-clock power supply. Hence, all should strive for the development of the state, their townships and their own lives. Solidarity and harmony of the entire nation are required at a time when the country and Rakhine State are facing numerous challenges. Unity is the only means to solve problems, he noted.
Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw said the people-elected government, during its two-year period, built the road and the bridges, which are important for Rakhine State. Good and safe transport will improve the social, educational, health and economic status of the natives. The Union Minister then explained the improvements made in the transport sector for the progress of Maungtaw and Yathedaung townships. The gravelling of a 46-mile road connecting Buthedaung and other places in the east of Mayu mountain range is in progress for the development of the Maungtaw region.
Some 52 bridges have been built in Rakhine State. The lengths of the bridges varied from more than 200 feet to 800 feet, he said.
In his speech, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu pointed out the importance of unity, mutual trust and cooperation. A local then thanked the government for opening the road and the bridges.
The Deputy Speaker, the Union Minister, the State Chief Minister and the delegation formally opened the facilities.
The Deputy Speaker inspected the road and the bridges in a motorcade. —Myanmar News Agency

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