Roads in Maungtaw to be upgraded

Eight roads in Maungtaw District, Rakhine State will be upgraded to concrete within a three-year period as part of a district development plan, according to Maungtaw District authorities. Photo: Thant Zin Win
Eight roads in Maungtaw District, Rakhine State will be upgraded to concrete within a three-year period as part of a district development plan, according to Maungtaw District authorities. Photo: Thant Zin Win

Eight roads in Maungtaw District, Rakhine State will be upgraded to concrete within a three-year period as part of a development plan, according to Maungtaw District authorities.
“Heavy rain and busy traffic to transport aid to conflict areas are blamed for damages on the roads,” said U Zaw Min, Maungtaw District Superintending Engineer (Civil).
The total distance of the eight roads to be upgraded is about 156 miles, which are currently under maintenance this year.
The work would be launched in the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year.
The road linking Buthidaung and Maungtaw can withstand 16 tons of load currently, and upon completion of the upgrading from the tarred road to concrete road, it will be able to withstand about 26 tons of load, he said.
Similarly, Kanyintan-Agnumaw Road can withstand 10 tons of load.
Road work is currently being done on to repair rain damage on the Maungtaw-Kyeinchaung-Aungthabyay-Bandoola Road and Taungpyo-Kyeinchaung Road, both of which can withstand eight tons of load. The work is expected to be completed soon, according to Maungtaw District authorities.
“All road works on both roads are expected to be complete within two days,” said U Zaw Min.
Maungtaw District Road Department, Rural Area Development Department, Bridge Construction Special Group-3, 4 and 17 would carry out upgrading the roads in the next fiscal year.
Upgrading road infrastructure includes in the needs voiced by local people at the meeting with Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations on Wednesday at their villages.
Meanwhile, the Union Government formed a committee for the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine to speed up rehabilation and resettlement there.—Naing Lin Kyi, Thant Zin Win

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