Upgraded German-Myanmar friendship rural roads in southern Shan State inaugurated

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Union Minister U Han Zaw, Dr. Katharina Spiess and Country Director Ms. Eva Schneider of German KfW development bank cut ribbon to open the roads in Kalaw Township, Shan State. Photo: MNA

A rural road constructed with the assistance of German KfW development bank was opened yesterday in Kalaw Township, southern Shan State.
The new road will benefit over 15,540 people from 30 villages in the area and would directly result in promotion of socio-economic life of local people. The road is 13.48 km long and 4.5 metre wide.
Speaking at the ceremony to inaugurate the road, Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw stressed the importance of rural roads in promoting the socio-economic life of rural people, disclosing that the country is in need of all-weather roads in rural areas. He also said that his ministry is drafting policies for road and bridge development as part of efforts for smooth transportation in the country.
Under the assistance of German KfW development bank, upgrading the rural roads in Taunggyi District started in 2014 at a cost of 7 million euros, and the upgrading of the roads with a total distance of 30 km have been completed. Meanwhile, the work on upgrading of six rural roads with a total distance of 60.5 km in Taunggyi, Kalaw, Hopone, Nyaungshwe and Yaksawk townships were upgraded at a cost of 11 million euros, and they were also commissioned into service yesterday.
The roads were opened in the presence of Union Minister U Han Zaw and Dr. Katharina Spiess and Country Director Ms. Eva Schneider of German KfW development bank. Besides, MoU on 10.90 million euros assistance was signed on 27 February to upgrade rural roads in Taunggyi and Loilem districts.

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