Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected regional development works in Falam and Haka yesterday, stressing the importance of updated infrastructure in fostering national growth.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, accompanied by Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Than Htut, U Kyaw Myo, U Kyaw Lin and U Soe Aung, permanent secretaries, directors general and officials, left Nay Pyi Taw by Myanmar National Airlines and arrived at Mandalay International Airport yesterday morning.
First, the Vice President and party observed the airport works conducted at the Mandalay International Airport.
Next, MC-Jalux Airport Services Co. Ltd Vice President Mr. Futoshi Hiroi gave a briefing about the airport works to the Vice President and party in the VIP hall of Mandalay International Airport.
After the explanation, the Vice President made comments on how to improve and develop airports as the number of international tourists has been increasing.
The Vice President and party then left Mandalay International Airport by Myanmar National Airlines and arrived in Sagaing Region, Kalay Township, where they were welcomed by Chin State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai, Chin State Hluttaw Speaker U Zo Bwe, state ministers and officials. They met with the Chin State Chief Minister, Chin State Hluttaw Speaker, state ministers and officials in the regional military command (Kalay) Aungzeya guest house.
During the meeting, Chin State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai and Irrigation and Water Utilisation Management Department Director U Khin Zaw explained about preventive works against flooding in Chin State, Khaikam Township.
The Vice President and party then inspected the Kalay-Taingen Road upgrading work conducted with the assistance of JICA, and the axis of a new detour road to avoid the four steps bends between milepost 27/4 and 28/4 on Kalay-Falam-Haka Road, where Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai, Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin and officials provided explanations. Upon arrival at the construction briefing hall in Taingen, Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin and officials explained about the roads and bridges in Chin State.
Next, the Vice President arrived in Falam (Surbung) new airport project briefing hall, where Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai, Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin and officials explained ongoing projects. The Vice President said the project was to be implemented systematically and to obtain the assistance and support of foreign experts and technologies in constructing airports. The state government was to assist in obtaining adequate electricity and water for the project, added the Vice President.
The Falam (Surbung) airport is 8.5 miles west of Falam town and is situated on the Surung mountain range. The 6,000 ft. long, 100 ft. wide runway will accommodate the landing of ATR 72 aircrafts, it is learnt.
The Vice President went on to inspect the construction of a retaining wall between mile post 85/2 and 85/3 on Kalay-Falam-Haka road and then reached the briefing hall of Laibar Dam, where State Chief Minister, Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department Director U Khin Zaw and officials gave a presentation on the Laibar Dam, the status of lower Laibar Dam construction works, inflow of water into the dam and distribution of water to Falam and Haka townships. In response to the explanation, the Vice President said priority should be given to providing clean water, to utilize the water efficiently, to protect the natural environment in water distribution and basin area of the dam in order to use it for the long term and to conduct a feasibility study on water distribution pipework. — Myanmar News Agency