Yangon – Japan is agreed to provide assistance to two new general cargo wharves with US$205 million loan from Official Development Assistance (ODA) for constructions at the Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa (MITT) port.
“We will construct two new wharves at Thilawa port using a loan from ODA with the supervision of ministry of transport,” said Han Sein, deputy minister for transport.
The expansion of Thilawa port will be started at early 2014. At present, Thilawa has only the MITT and Myanmar Integrated Port Limited (MIPL) wharves for loading and unloading freight and another general cargo wharf is under construction.
Currently Myanmar Port Authorities (MPA) is hiring consultation companies, inviting tender and arranging administration procedures for the buildings constructed at land plots behind the port.
“We have planned to finish a new 400-metre length wharf in 2015 and now we are building land facilities,” said MPA director Cho Than Maung.
MPA has cleared 37 land plots to build wharves in Thilawa region. Each plot has about 37 acres and 27 plots are occupied by the cargo wharves. MPA will construct the new wharf in five of remaining ten land plots with ODA loan.
At the moment, MPA is negotiating with locals to give compensation for farm land included in Thilawa expansion area.
Source: ELEVEN Myanmar