The Monywa District section of the Sagaing-Monywa 4-lane concrete road was inaugurated with a small ceremony yesterday morning.
Shwe Taung Highway Co Ltd built the road under the B.O.T. system with supervision from the Ministry of Construction.
Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw spoke a few words at the inauguration ceremony. He said since the B.O.T. system does not require the Union Government to take funding out of their budget, it can be used for other areas such as education, healthcare and society.
He said the BOT system was first employed for the Lashio-Muse highway in 1996 and has since grown to 25 ethnic-owned BOT companies upgrading 3,025 miles of roads. He urged the public to adhere to rules such as driving permitted weight classes of vehicles and paying taxes and fees on their travel.
Next, Sagaing Region Chief Minister Dr Myint Naing and U Aung Zaw Naing from Shwe Taung Highway explained the regional transportation development process and BOT systems respectively. Then a video clip on the Sagaing-Monywa road upgradation was played.
This was followed by the Union Minister, Chief Minister and officials cutting ribbons to formally open the road and observing its state by walking along it.
From there, the Union Minister inspected the Monywa-Amyint road being upgraded to concrete, a pilot project by the Monywa District Rural Road Development Department. The road is 4 miles and 4 furlongs in length and will connect to the Sagaing-Monywa Highway, allowing rural products to reach urban areas in a shorter and more efficient amount of time, directly aiding the development of the 76 villages connected to it.
Afterwards, the Union Minister inspected the site for building a new bridge near Nyaungpin Wun Bridge on the Allakapwa-Taw ChaungU, Sagaing-Monywa road.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)