Residents decry damaged roads, bridges in Hpakant

IMG_20151204_143936-72FOLLOWING the arrival of a government-appointed investigation team in Hpakant on 21 December to inspect the use of heavy machinery in jade-mining areas, local residents have complained about the destruction of roads and bridges by the heavy machinery.
“The overloaded machinery destroyed roads and bridges built with funds from the government. They also cause traffic congestion along the Moekaung-Hpakant Road,” said U Hla Than from Mawwon Ward in Hpakant.
The investigation is team led by Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun and comprises deputy ministers from the ministries of home affairs, commerce and rail transportation. The team will probe into the issue of heavy machinery entering Myanmar through the border crossing at Kampaiti, Kachin State. The Ministry of Commerce announced last week that it is planning to investigate whether heavy machinery in Hpakant was imported legally or not. The import of vehicles has been suspended at the Kampaiti Border Trade Post.

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