Work on bridge linking Ayeyawady, Rakhine to start in Nov

CONSTRUCTION work on a bridge linking the Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State will begin in November, according to the Ministry of Construction.

The Chaungwa Bridge is estimated to cost around K3.6 billion, and funds will be allocated for its construction from the Ayeyawady Region’s budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, according to the project engineer in-charge, Daw Thin Thin Aung, of the Bridge Special Group-18 of the Ministry of Construction.

The bridge will be located along the coast, on the Ngayokekaung-Gawyingyi Road, which passes through Ngaputaw, Pathein District, Ayeyawady Region and links with Gwa in Rakhine State. The bridge would benefit the transport in the two regions as it would make it easier to reach to Kantharyar and Ngapali beaches in Rakhine State. The iron reinforced bridge would be 866 ft long and 24 ft wide, with a clearance of 7 metres. The bridge would be able to withstand 60 tons of load.

Upon completion, the bridge would speed up the flow of trade between Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State, and help develop the socio-economic conditions, and the state of health and education of the people residing in the two regions.

Two more bridges — the Makyizin Bridge and Pathein Bridge No. 2 — are under construction in Pathein District, Ayeyawady Region, in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Once the Chaungwa bridge is completed, the number of bridges will increase to three.

Rakhine State is uniquely positioned to support the emergence of economic and industrial zones, with its range of pristine beaches and cultural heritage sites.

— Pwint Thitsar