Govt surveys Yangon bridge

A new bridge being planned for Yangon’s Kyeemyingdaing township could mean the difference between life and death for villagers on the other side. The Ministry of Construction has been working with a Japanese company in initial preparations for the 2700-metre (8000-foot) bridge, parliament heard on March 25.

Deputy construction minister U Soe Tint told Pyithu Hluttaw that the Japanese firm JEF Engineering, with Japanese government support, had been conducting initial studies on the Hlaing River, which the bridge would span.

Kyeemyindaing township MP U Than Sein told the hluttaw that a huge gap existed in development standards between the two banks of the river. Living standards in the 11 villages across the Hlaing from downtown Yangon city were low, and roads, education and health care were poor.

“They have not finished building the single 15-bed hospital that I have requested,” he said.

“Emergency patients and mothers about to give birth have to cross the river by boat at the risk of their lives. About 20 people have already died on their way to hospital in Kyeemyindaing,” he said.

The deputy minister said the bridge was included in the Great Yangon Development Project (2040) approved by the Yangon Regional government, Yangon City Development Committee and JICA, the Japan International Development Agency.

“The bridge will be 2657 metres in length. We are conducting observations with the help of related departments, gathering information and doing fieldwork,” he said.

Source: Myanmar Times

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