Lewe bridge re­pairs de­layed un­til rain stops

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THAT than­htoo@mm­times.com

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.