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Yangon-Dala bridge construction to begin after tender process; says Union Construction Minister



Construction works will kick off on the Yangon-Dala Bridge following a tender for companies to build it, Union Minister for Construction U Win Khaing told the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday, adding that the planned construction of the bridge is set for completion during the 2020- 2021 FY.

The selected axis for construction of the bridge connecting Phonegyi Street in Lanmadaw Township of downtown Yangon to Bo Min Yaung Street in Kamarkasit ward in Dala Township has the least negative impacts, said the Union minister.
The ministry will take care of traffic management in cooperation with a Korean consulting firm to mitigate traffic congestions during the bridge construction, said the Union minister, adding that no other location for construction of the Yangon-Dala bridge was viable and there is no plan to build a tunnel under the Yangon river.

Regarding the proposed construction of the Thetkalthaung river-crossing bridge between Ngapudaw and Labutta Townships, the Union minister replied that the ministry found a new axis to build a road in 2011 as the proposed construction of a 9,500 foot bridge would be too expensive.

The new road will have seven small and large bridges and the construction of a bridge is in progress, said the Union minister, adding that one of the remaining six bridges that will be 4,000 feet in length will be constructed with the use of a K766 million Union fund next fiscal year.

On a plan to resettle those whose houses were removed for the Kitsapanadi bridge project, the Union minister replied that 69 households were provided with K20, 000 each for house removal charges and new land plots in Kitsapa ward, west of Yangon- Sittwe road.

Altogether 47 households accepted the plan but the remaining 22 asked for different new plot at that time, said the Union minister, adding that there is no plan to allow the land plots they asked for in Shwe Mingan Kwetthit as the land plots are in the area of an Agricultural School. Next, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win submitted the Myanmar Investment draft law to the parliament, and U Nay Myo Tun, member of Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee, read out the committee’s report on the draft law. Then, the Pyithu Hluttaw approved 15 amendments to a bill to protect Citizens’ Privacy and Security submitted by the Bill Committee.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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