MP airs concerns Dala bridge won’t go ahead
DALA township residents are worried that a slated bridge will not go ahead following comments made by Yangon Region’s chief minister at a meeting in June, according to an MP.
“At the meeting, the Yangon Region chief minister said that the current bridge design is too high, includes a two-tiered flyover and will cause traffic jams on the approaching roads,” said U Sein Mya Aye (NLD; Dala). “He also said that public funds will be wasted if the project is abolished because it doesn’t align with the 2040 Master Plan for the development of Yangon.”
Dala residents are concerned by the fact that the project is yet to receive final approval from the Union government even as groundbreaking work has already taken place, said U Sein Mya Aye.
Minister for Construction U Win Khine assured the Pyithu Hluttaw that the project would continued as planned, with construction beginning in a year’s time.
The minister said that construction of the bridge will only commence once contracts are finalised between the government and the companies responsible for the design, supervision and construction of the project.
These contracts must receive final approval from the Union government.
The project, which is expected to cost US$168.2 million, has been largely funded by a $137.8 million loan from the South Korean government which was approved by the Pyidaugnsu Hluttaw in May last year. The loan has been granted at 0.01 percent interest with a deferment period of 15 years.
Once complete, the bridge is expected to be the tallest bridge in the country, at 48 metres (160 feet) high, enabling vessels loading up to 1500 tonnes to pass beneath easily. The bridge will be 247m (823ft) wide.
Compensation for houses, gardens and schools within the project area on the Dala side has already been negotiated with residents and work on access roads near Bo Min Yaung Road in Dala are already under way.
The project is expected to be completed in the 2020-21 financial year.
– Translation by Win Thaw Tar
Passengers ride the ferry between Kyauktada and Dala townships in May 2015.