Yangon Region Finance Minister San San Nwe, on behalf of the Yangon Region government, requested a budget to build two more flyovers in Yangon in the 2016-2017 fiscal year at the regional government’s special meeting on November 30.
One flyover will be built on Kabaraye Pagoda Road and Parami Junction, and the other one will be at North Okkalar Junction. Their construction will cost Ks 15.75 billion and Ks 16.45 billion, respectively, according to San San Nwe.
The two bridges will be implemented as special projects of Yangon Region government for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Although the regional government has tried to solve the problem of traffic congestion by building flyovers for years, this approach has had no effect. Flyovers at Hledan, Bayintnaung, Shwegondine and Myaynigone junctions were built at a cost of nearly Ks 70 billion, yet Yangon’s traffic problems persist.
In the current fiscal year, flyovers are under construction at the Tamwe Awine, 8-mile and Kokkine junctions, exacerbating traffic problems. The fenced-in constructions sites have created heavy traffic congenstion on U Chit Maung Road, East Race Course Road, Banyar Dala Road, Kabaraye Pagoda Road, Pyay Road and other nearby roads.
Despite the heavy traffic jams, the Yangon Region government has still not implemented any effective solutions by cooperation with other departments or organisations.
During the current government’s term, construction began on a total of seven flyovers in Yangon, of which four have been completed and three are under construction.