Loi­ter­ing banned on rowdy bridge in Sa­gaing

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com

THE Aye­yarwady Bridge con­nect­ing Sa­gaing and Man­dalay re­gions has be­come an un­ruly hang­out spot, lead­ing the Sa­gaing town­ship Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion Depart­ment (GAD) to in­sti­tute a lo­cal or­der that bans ve­hi­cles from stop­ping there.

“We have an­nounced this or­der to stop car ac­ci­dents and traf­fic jams on the bridge,” said Sa­gaing town­ship GAD of­fi­cer U Hla Myo Tun on Novem­ber 13. “Ac­tion will be taken against any­one who does not obey the or­der.”

Vi­o­la­tors of the ban can be charged un­der sec­tion 188 of the pe­nal code, for dis­obey­ing a pub­lic ser­vant, and if con­victed, could spend a month in prison.

The or­der also bans large groups, al­co­hol, speed­ing, rac­ing, driv­ing mo­tor­cy­cles with­out ex­haust pipes and blar­ing horns from the bridge.

The en­vi­ron­ment that has be­come com­mon on the bridge “is not con­ve­nient for peo­ple who want to walk on the bridge with their fam­ily mem­bers”, said lo­cal res­i­dent U Soe Myint. “Young peo­ple come in groups to drink al­co­hol. I do not want to blame them but they grow in­sult­ing after they have had a lot to drink. Fight­ing can hap­pen. They break the al­co­hol bot­tles on the bridge. Mo­tor­cy­cles of­ten get flat tires from these bot­tles’ bro­ken pieces. The ban is good.”

Se­cu­rity for the east side of the bridge is run by Man­dalay Re­gion’s Amara­pura town­ship po­lice force and the west side of the bridge is ser­viced by the Sa­gaing town­ship po­lice force.

– Trans­la­tion by Win Thaw Tar

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