Second aviation facility for development of Chin State

NOW is time of beefing up development tasks in all parts of Myanmar including hilly areas and remote sites. Despite facing impacts of pandemic Covid-19 similar to other global countries, Myanmar is undertaking development tasks in line with the health guidelines as much as it can. Especially, infrastructures are being built in hilly areas which lagged development behind other regions and states. Currently, one more new
aviation infrastructure is under construction in Chin State with 75 per cent completion with the aim of ensuring smooth transportation and contributing much to tourism sector and other businesses in the state. Such kind of new aviation facility takes a position in Lailenpi Town of Matupi Township in Matupi District of Chin State. It will be a small airstrip only. Construction of the airstrip started in May 2019. Implementation of the airstrip project was approved by Union Government meeting 12/2017, according to Chin State government. Lailenpi airstrip is located at an altitude of 4,918 feet. The runway of the airstrip will be 2,500 feet long and 50 feet wide.

The airstrip will have facilitated with a 150 feet long and 200 feet wide apron for landing of the aircraft. It was learnt that construction of Lailenpi airstrip is being undertaken in southern Chin State with assistance of Mission Aviation Fellowship-MAF. Hence, it will be the first ever airstrip built in Myanmar with cent per cent monetary and technological assistance given by an international aviation organization. In fact, Chin State having plentiful of natural beauties is an origin of natural resources which can help develop the tourism industry with momentum. Smooth transport
is of great importance in creating chances for bringing about the improvement of customs and traditions of ethnic people and their daily lifestyle, and the creation of new destinations for tourists. As such, the government is rendering assistance for fulfilling needs of people as much as it can. Consequently, a new airstrip is scheduled to emerge in Chin State. In the future, Lailenpi airstrip will render more support to health care services to be given to local ethnic people residing in southern Chin State.

Thanks to the airstrip, local ethnic people will have to enjoy health care services and emergency transportation for rescue in natural disasters. In reviewing construction of the airports in Chin State, Lailenpi airstrip will
be the second facility of its kind. The first one was Surbung Airport built at 7,175 feet higher than the sea level, which is located 8.5 miles from Falam of Chin State as well as about 40 miles from Haka. Moreover, the airport takes a position, about 50 miles from Reed border trade camp at Myanmar-India border area. In addition, the airport was built on 6,000 feet high Surbung mountain near Lonpi Hill in Chin State, it is the highest airport in Myanmar. The runway of Surbung Airport can withstand 50,000 lbs of load. So, it can admit landing and takeoff of ATR-72 aircraft. The airport is facilitated with a 6,000 feet long and 100 feet wide runway. The lounge of the airport can give services to about 250 passengers. The first landing test of ATR-72 was conducted on the runway of Surbung Airport on the morning of 27 October 2019. The ground surveys and creation of designs for Surbung Airport, the first-ever airport of Chin State, were conducted in 2015-16 financial year. The airport was built depending on allotment of budgets in respective financial years.

Surbung Airport will be a focal point in Chin State to have direct aviation access for local people to Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw so as to contribute much to development of Chin State. So also, the stake driving ceremony to build the second one Lailenpi airstrip took place on 4 May 2020. The airstrip is purposed to admit landing and takeoff of aircraft which can carry 20 passengers each. Thanks to the new airstrip, local and foreign travellers will have convenience in their visits to Chin State. Enjoying fruitful results of aviation infrastructures such as airports in Chin State, travellers and businesspersons from Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay will have chance to make a day trip to Chin State in a short time. Moreover, local ethnic people will have better facilities of emergency health care services by transferring the patients to major cities such as Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay if necessary. The authorities decided to spend US$2 million on construction of Lailenpi airstrip in Matupi Township of southern Chin State. As the construction will complete soon, it will be the facility to help develop Chin State.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar


Myanmar has signed a contract with India to get the COVID-19 vaccine and health workers will be vaccinated as first batch in February

Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor, said that there is a contract with India to get the COVID-19 vaccine and that the first batch of health workers would be vaccinated in February. “One thing people want to know right now is when will the COVID vaccination program start. A contract has been signed to get the first vaccine from India. The vaccine is expected to be available in Myanmar once it is approved by the relevant authorities in India. Under the program, the first immunizations will be given to health workers, a priority group in February. There is a lot of competition because all the countries in the world are working to get the vaccine. However, by 2021, vaccination efforts are expected to be phased out across the country.  the public to support the success of COVID by adhering to health.

The COVID-19 vaccine, developed jointly by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and the University of Oxford, has been approved for use in the country and will be launched on 4 January, the British government announced on December 30. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Review (MHRA) has approved the use of the AstraZeneca and Oxford COVID-19 vaccines, a British government spokesman said. The two countries are in talks to get the COVID-19 vaccine for health workers and key workers in Myanmar by March 2021 under the G to G program from the Government of India, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Myanmar Ambassador to India briefed HE Smt.Smita Pant, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs of India on the availability of COVID-19 vaccine in Myanmar. The meeting was held on the morning of December 28, 2020 in South Block. During the meeting, they discussed the availability of COVID-19 vaccine for health workers and vital workers in Myanmar by March 2021 under the G to G program from the Government of India. 

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports and the Indian pharmaceutical company Serum Institute to discuss the availability of vaccines and the availability of standardized low-cost RT-PCR test machines made in India. The Burmese delegation is in talks with Indian government officials to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on December 24. Earlier in 2021, officials from the Indian government discussed the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine under the G to G program from the Indian government and the availability of drugs from the Indian pharmaceutical company Serum Institute. Afterwards, the residence of the Myanmar Ambassador to India; A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccine was signed between a delegation from the Ministry of Health and Sports and Serum Institute at the meeting hall of Myanmar Home. The MoU was signed by Ambassador Aung Aung Myo Thein of the Myanmar Embassy as a witness.

Source: Daily Eleven