Loitering banned on rowdy bridge in Sagaing
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