Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who was in Tonzang Town, Chin State, inspected the development works in the two towns on 17 May.
The Vice President was accompanied by Chin State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Lwal, Chin State Hluttaw Speaker U Zo Bwe, Deputy Minister Rear Admiral Myint Nwe, Deputy Minister U Soe Aung, state ministers and other officials.
In the morning, the vice president and his delegation arrived at the construction site of Tonzang Town’s multi-purpose natural disaster shelter building and inspected the construction work. During the inspection, the Vice President remarked that the multi-purpose natural disaster shelter building can be used effectively by the local people.
Next, U Henry Van Thio visited Chikha Town, where he was greeted with a traditional dance. He then reached the Khenman Village, where he was greeted again with a traditional dance, after which he inspected the development wroks in the area.
At the site where a Myanmar-India border market is planned to be constructed, Ministry of Commerce Permanent Secretary U Toe Aung Myint explained the ongoing negotiation and coordination works for the market.
Later, at the Chikha Town Road Department guest house, Ministry of Construction State Director U Kyaw Myo Htut explained to U Henry Van Thio the plan to upgrade some 90 miles of road, namely, 30 miles of Tiddim-Tonzang-Chikha road, 30 miles of Haka-Matupi road and 30 miles of Matupi-Paletwa road to an 18 feet wide concrete road and 12 feet wide asphalt road; the works conducted to clear in a short time the Kalay-Falam road blocked by a landslide; and the status of conducting preventive measures, such as widening the road and constructing retaining walls. Ministry of Construction Permanent Secretary U Win Tint provided additional explanations wherever necessary.
The Vice President said that more efforts must be made to ensure the roads, which are the main transport mode for the people of Chin State, are easily accessible throughout the year. Improving the road communication will help promote the socio-economic development of (Chin) state and its people, the vice president said.
The Vice President and his delegation then reached Chikha Town’s 16-bed station hospital, where they encouraged and presented cash support to the patients undergoing treatment and donated Ks1 million for medicines required in the hospital to the hospital officials. The vice president also inspected the site, where the hospital extension will be constructed.
In the afternoon, the Vice President inspected the upgrading of the Tiddim-Chikha road and the 450-feet-long double bailey Natzan bridge over Manipur River near Natzan Village. The Vice President said the road must be constructed according to the set norm and stressed on its long-term durability.
Later, the Vice President and his delegation arrived in Tonzang Town’s 25-bed Township People’s Hospital, where the hospital superintendent Dr. Htan Shan Khaing and other officials explained the status of constructing the extension ward and providing medical care to the people. Following this, the Vice President encouraged the local people undergoing treatment in the hospital and presented them with cash support.
Following this, the Vice President reached the Tonzang silkworm plant farm, where farm officials explained and demonstrated the planting of silkworm plant, also called Morus or Mulberry plant, and the silkworm breeding house. The vice president said planting silkworm plants would increase the income of the local families, and it could replace the slash-and-burn farming system. He asked for the farms to be systematically upgraded and to inform the people in a timely manner the latest research findings so that the planting of silkworm plants can be done in an economically viable manner.
The Tonzang silkworm plant farm is situated beside Tiddim-Tonzang road at the entrance to Tonzang Town and was established in 1965. Tonzang Town is some 4,800 feet above the sea level, and the weather and location is ideal for silkworm plants and silkworm breeding. It has the potential to become a cash crop for local farmers and during the 1979-1980 period, more than 80,000 silkworm cocoons were produced here.
In the evening, the Vice President went to Tiddim’s 100-bed people’s hospital to inspect the healthcare services provided there, encouraged the patients undergoing treatment and presented them with cash assistance.
Later, the Vice President inspected the construction of the two-storey eight room staff house. The house was constructed in the 2017-2018 fiscal year using Ks200 million.—MNA