Vice-President U Myint Swe made an inspection tour of development projects in Kachin State yesterday.
His entourage included Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Soe Tint Naing, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Dr Ye Myint Swe, permanent secretaries, directors-general and responsible officials.
Upon arrival in Putao Township by the special military aircraft, they were welcomed by Kachin State Chief Minister Dr Khet Aung, state government ministers and responsible officials at the airport.
They first inspected the Hkakaborazi Biodiversity Research Lab and the Biodiversity Conservation Public Awareness Exhibition hall.
At the management office of Hkakaborazi National Park, the Vice-President heard reports on environmental conservation works in the northernmost part of Myanmar, the status of forest coverage area in Putao district, information about the national park, the biodiversity situation, administration and management matters, research opportunities and cooperation with international organizations.
In response to reports presented at the meeting, the Vice-President discussed conservation of Myanmar forests, plants and wildlife species, environmental conservation at the origination point of the Maykha river which is a tributary of the Ayeyawady River, exploring new species of plants and animals and socio-economic development of the local people.
After hearing reports on the Hkakaborazi Native Orchids Farm, the Vice-President and party proceeded to Khaunglanphu Township where they presented basic household food items for 895 families, 472 school uniforms and exercise books for teachers and children and dried fish for 83 families of government staff.
Deputy Commander of the Northern Command Brig-Gen Aung Myo Oo gave foodstuffs and commodities donated by the Tatmadaw (Army, Navy, Air Force) families for the local people.
The Vice-President also inspected development projects of Khaunglanphu Townships and the Ridem suspension bridge that crosses the Maykha river in Phulone village. At the Khaunglanphu-Magweza road construction project, he was briefed on the progress in constructing 28 concrete bridges, 165 box culverts, stone water drainage and other projects to be implemented in the 2020-2021 financial year.
The Vice-President gave guidance and instructions on safety measures to be undertaken in construction projects, transporting construction materials for the new Ridem bridge and the Ministry of Border Affairs and the Ministry of Construction to work in close cooperation.
He then inspected the construction works being carried out for the road section from Magweza – Khaunglanphu in the Sanlutchet valley.
The Vice-President presented cash awards to staff members from the Ministry of Border Affairs and the Directorate of Military Engineering before flying back to Putao where they inspected the Mular Shiedi suspension bridge.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)