New tolls to be charged on Ayeyarwady, Chindwin rivers

Six new toll stations will open along the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers on December 1, according to an official.

In addition to collecting fees, the stations will be charged with ensuring boats are in good condition and are driving according to the law.

Fees will be set at K200 for a vessel less than 39 feet in length, said U Khin Maung Zaw, deputy director of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems for Upper Myanmar.

Boats of more than 39ft will be charged at K50 per tonne for the first 100 tonnes and K35 per tonne for any additional weight. Bamboo known as war poe will be charged at K5 per stick and other kinds of bamboo at K2.50 each.

“We will collect the taxes by deploying one ship and one engine-boat near the old Sa- gaing Bridge, and all taxes will be transferred to the Union budget,” said U Khin Maung Zaw.

Currently tolls are operated at Pyay and Magwe along the Ayeyarwady River and at Monywa on the Chindwin River.

The new tolls will open at Hinthada, Pakkoku, Katha, Bhamo, Kalewa and Homalin.

Source: Myanmar Times

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