Lewe bridge repairs delayed until rain stops
FUNDING has already been allocated to repair a Nay Pyi Taw bridge destroyed by flooding, with work slated to get underway in dry season, parliament has heard.
Flooding of the Palway and Panglaung creeks damaged a central bridge in Lewe township in the second week of August. The bridge will be rebuilt when the water levels recede, said U Myo Zaw Oo, a Pyithu Hluttaw MP (NLD; Lewe).
He told The Myanmar Times yesterday that the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw development fund has already agreed to budget K5 million for the repairs.
“As those funds alone will not be enough, I also requested the Nay Pyi Taw Council provide financial aid for repairing the bridge,” he said.
“At the moment, the water level in the creek is still high, so the bridge might be broken if we attempt repairs right now.”
Ko Aye, a resident of Aye Chan Thar village, said a 75-foot chunk of the bridge was destroyed after the creeks swelled on the morning of August 14. The K10 million bridge was built in 2014. Since its opening, the bridge has faced erosion and has needed maintenance, he added.
With the bridge out of commission, commuting residents are relying on motor boats to cross the creek. The regional development fund allocated the motor boat after the bridge was knocked out. A one-way ferry trip costs K100, said Ko San from Yonebin village.
Residents of Aye Chan Thar village tract as well as three other nearby villages use the Lewe township bridge to access the capital.
– Translation by Thiri Min Htun