Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who was in Falam Town, went yesterday morning to the proposed site where a new Var Bridge across the Manipur River will be constructed. The Vice President was accompanied by Chin State Chief Minister Salai Lian Luai, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Than Htut, U Aung Htoo and U Kyaw Lin, and officials. The bridge construction site is near mile post 68/5 on the Kalay-Falam-Haka road. At the site, Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin and officials explained about site selection for the bridge and the bridge construction plan.
Next, the Vice President and party inspected by car the repair and widening of Webula Road that connects Kalay-Natchaung-Var-Falam road.
Afterwards, they arrived at the Botvar bridge construction site where Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin and officials explained about the bridge, funding obtained and work processes.
From there, the Vice President and party arrived at Webula Town where the local people greeted them with traditional dances. The Vice President and party then went on to the Manipur multi-purpose dam project where Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department Director General U Kyaw Myint Hlaing explained about the project, funding requirements, annual fund usage, completion status of the project, arrangements made to transfer the dam under B.O.T. (build, operate, transfer) system and future works, and Sagaing Region Chief Minister Dr. Myint Naing and Chin State Chief Minister Salai Lian Luai provided additional explanations.
In response to the explanations made, the Vice President said the Manipur multi-purpose dam project is not for agriculture only but also for electricity generation. Through the construction of the dam, the waterway along the river would become better and support the flow of goods as well as travel businesses.
As the project would directly benefit both Chin State and Sagaing Region, all are urged to work together in this. He then observed the project works being implemented from the view point.
The Manipur multi-purpose dam is situated in Chin State’s Falam Township. The Manipur River is the biggest tributary of the Myittha River. By implementing the project, about 80,000 acres of farmlands can be provided with irrigation water, and according to the original design, 380 MW of hydro-electricity can be generated and would reduce and mitigate flooding and inundation in the Kalay plain area in the Myittha River basin.
From there, the Vice President and party went to Kalay Town, where they took a Myanmar National Airlines flight and arrived back in Nay Pyi Taw in the afternoon.