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World-class integrated industrial city being developed in Pathein

The Pathein Industrial City (PIC) project is being developed by Ayeyarwaddy Development Public Company Limited in Pathein, Ayeyawady Region. The Pathein Industrial City (PIC) project is being implemented in three phases and is designed to include an international scale industrial zone, a river port, commercial and residential zone. Upon completion of the project, which is being established on 6,700 acres of land along the Pathein-Ngapudaw Road in Pathein Township, Ayeyawady Region, with an investment of US$ 500 million, it is expected to create over one million job opportunities for local people, according to an official from Ayeyarwaddy Development Public Company Limited.

Phase I of the project is being developed as an industrial zone which will cover about 1,200 acres of land, and the construction work has been about 70 per cent finished. The international port is scheduled to be built in the industrial zone project, and it is being developed for a new role in the regional economy. The Phase I of the project covers an area of 1,200 acres of land. At present, the entire 1,200 acres on Phase I are nearing completion and the factories are operational. When the entire Phase I is fully operational, it will provide employment opportunities for between 150,000 and 300,000 local people. Once completed, the project will create thousands of jobs for local people in Ayeyawady Region.

This project will greatly contribute to the economic growth and employment prospects of the whole region according to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ayeyarwaddy Development Public Company Limited. The Pathein Industrial City (PIC) project is located 8 km from Pathein Port, 7 km from Pathein railway station and 17 km from Pathein Airport. The project will include garment factories, rice mills, fish processing plants, glass mills, cold storage facilities, plastics factories, fertilizer factories and furniture factories. Construction of four factories in Phase I of the project has been finished. The construction of garment factories that can employ 3,000 to 5,000 workers has been completed. Four more factories are expected to be completed before the rainy season.

A special garment zone is being built, and about 50 acres for rice production is being researched by China in the project area. Phase I of the project has reportedly been 70 per cent completed, with Chinese, Korean, Japanese and other international companies investing in the zone. Phase II and Phase III of the project will be the future development of commercial, residential and industrial zone which will cover about 5,500 acres of land. Phase II of the project will include affordable housing projects, hotels, resorts and shopping malls. After Phase I of the project, Phase II will be implemented in 2021, including the low-cost housing projects and shopping malls. The developers were urged to conduct environmental and social impacts of the project with the aim of lessening negative effects and take grievances of local people into consideration.

With rapid urbanization of Pathein City and an urgent need for extension of urban residential housings on the west bank of Ngawun River, the Pathein Bridge-2 was built by the Ministry of Construction. The integrated industrial city project is expected to promote infrastructural development and boost tourism in the region. The local government has been attempting to upgrade basic infrastructure projects in the region, pouring the majority of its budget into reconstruction and upgrade of the road networks, to make operational in all seasons. Infrastructural development of a region plays a vital role in helping the country’s GDP increase and uplifting the standard of living of local people. Development of infrastructural projects provides economic growth, creates job prospects for local residents and lifts them out of poverty.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Myanmar, China sign MoU on feasibility study for Mandalay-Kyaukpyu railway project

Myanmar and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study for Mandalay-Kyaukpyu railway project on 10 January. Union Minister for Transport and Communication said that the
Muse-Mandalay-Kyaukpyu section is an essential project for the Belt and Road Initiative of Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping and the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

The bilateral relation between the two countries will become stronger through cooperation. He added that the MoU for a feasibility study for Mandalay-Kyaukpyu railway was signed between Myanmar Railways and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co.,Ltd (CREEC) and it also should conduct the study in details for the natural environment and social impacts. Then, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar talked about the first visit of President Mr Xi Jinping to Myanmar in January 2020.

The railway section located in Yunnan of China will be completed in 2023 and trains will run between Myanmar and China. By connecting railways between China and Myanmar by building railroads inside Myanmar, it will connect Myanmar with big Eurasia market of 1.4 billion population and it will help Myanmar economy grow as well as assist the better life of Myanmar people. The feasibility study report of 2-year term MoU must submit within 18 months including the study for impacts of environment, mental, social, and cultural heritage.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Completion of glass bridge near Goteik Viaduct expected in 2022

Myanmar’s first glass bridge, located near the Goteik Viaduct in Nawngcho (Northern Shan State), is expected to be completed by October 2022. The bridge, developed with Chinese designers and glass bridge experts, will be built on a project area of 17 acres and is estimated to cost approximately $5 million. Cherry Muse Company will oversee the project which also houses restaurants, parks, rainbow slides and vantage points for sight seeing.

According to the tourism market in-charge from the Cherry Muse Company, their company has sent over 1,000 tourists to China’s Glass Bridge on a yearly basis. There are many issues when entering China like the need to queue and take medical tests. They are implementing this project with the thought that it would be better if Myanmar has a similar glass bridge. It would be cost effective as well.

Cherry Muse will bear half of the cost of the bridge and the remaining half will be offered as shares. A memorandum of understanding for the project has been signed and it will lead to the creation of around 300 jobs. This glass bridge will be beside the world-famous Goteik Viaduct and you will be able to see the viaduct from here. Myanmar’s version will feature a glass pavement and a different design form those in China.

Source: Myanmar Times

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Sittoung River-Crossing Bridge (Yedashe) unveiled to mark 73rd Independence Day

Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein and officials opened the Sittoung River-Crossing Bridge (Yedashe) yesterday to mark 73rd Anniversary of Independence Day. The bridge was constructed with a total of K3,500 million– K1,350 million by Bago Region government fund and K2,150 million by the Union Government Fund. It was built by Special Bridge Group (6) of Bridge Department under the Ministry of Construction.
The bridge is 800 ft in length, 30 ft in width, 24 ft for roadway and has a three-foot long pedestrian walkway on each side. The waterway clearance of the bridge is 28 metres (92 ft) in width and 3.7 metres (12 ft) in height. The steel truss bridge can accommodate up to HS-25. The bridge can facilitate the transport of people and develop the socio-economic, health and education sectors. The bridge is on Yedashe-Kayinchaung-Leiktoe Road and will connect Taungoo-Leiktoe-Yardo-Hopong Road via inter- district road No (2).—Tin Soe (Bago)

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New Mawlamyine Attaran Cable-stayed Bridge on East-West Economic Corridor with Japan (ODA) Loan

The construction of the new Mawlamyine old cable-stayed bridge on the East-West Economic Corridor will begin on December 30, 2020 with a JICA Japan loan (ODA) and will be completed within 39 months with a four-lane road and 60-tonne capacity. Environment cleaning of the bridge will begin on December 10 and construction will begin on December 30. On 5th January, courtyards and buildings for engineers will be built . The rest of the work will continue according to the schedule. IHI is the original contractor from Japan. This is one of four subcontractors from them. The business information is in line with the public statement.

The old cable-stayed bridge was built by the military government. Two-way traffic Trucks carry a lot of cargo, which is costly in terms of transportation, and uses a lot of time. The new steel cable-stayed bridge will have four lanes. With a tonnage of 60 tons, the flow of goods from Myawaddy on the Thai border has accelerated, and real estate, including the Moulmein Industrial Zone, is expected to have a good market. The land included in the new bridge has already received appropriate compensation, so it is a convenient business. 

The new cable-stayed bridge is a three-span steel girder with steel girders, reinforced concrete, and approaches 506 ft. Main bridge 1070 feet. The four-lane road is 68 feet wide. 60 tons of load; Completion date is 39 months from the date of commencement. Similarly, there is also a construction of the Jai (Zarthapyin) cable-stayed bridge in Kayin State on December 30.

Source: Daily Eleven

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Development of Korean industrial zone to commence this month in Myanmar

The first phase of construction of the Korea-Myanmar Industrial Complex (KMIC) in Hlegu township, Yangon, will commence on December 24.

Construction of the basic infrastructure such as roads and essential services needed for the project, which will be funded by the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund, is expected to complete by 2023. The total capital expenditure expected is in access of US$100 million, but create about 100,000 new jobs.

The KMIC will be jointly implemented by the Ministry of Construction and state-owned Korea Land and Housing Corporation on 558 acres of land in Nyaung-nhit-pin, Hlegu. The project will be managed by KMIC Development Company Ltd and will include Myanmar’s first online land reservation system.

The land rental rate is between US$69 and US$75 for one square meter and investors can start applying for their desired plots on January 21, 2021. When KMIC is complete, it will be worth US$4.7 billion and create more than 500,00 jobs. “It is important to build up industrial zones which can help investors do business in Myanmar. This will also improve local and foreign investments,” said Construction Manager U Han Zaw.

At the annual general meeting of the Union of Myanmar Federation Chambers of Commerce and Industry, it is said that KMIC will be implemented to be as successful as the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. Thilawa SEZ in Yangon Region has been successful and can be used as a good benchmark for other similar projects like the KMIC.

Source: Myanmar Times

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Tamu highway bus terminal construction completed

The construction of highway bus terminal in Tamu town, Sagaing Region, which is a gateway to Myanmar-India cross-border trading, is completed, said U Myo Min Tun, Executive Officer of Tamu Township Development Committee. There was no highway bus terminal in Tamu. It is self-provided building in cooperation with the relevant organizations and the local people. The construction is completed.

The operation is expected to start in the coming open season. The highway bus terminal is constructed on 5 acres of land near the roadside of Tamu-Nanphalon market. It includes two-storey buildings for gates, warehouses, 20 food stalls and 120 stores. Sagaing Region government is implementing bus terminals to facilitate public transport and trade flow. There is a plan to construct more bus terminals in Monywa, Indaw, Katha, Kalay and Tamu.

There are ten operators running air-conditioned highway bus for Tamu-Monywa, Tamu-Mandalay and Tamu-Yangon routes. And, 12 operators are proving service for cross-border transport. The terminal is situated not far from town, market and border checkpoint. As there are vacant land areas, more buildings or gates can be built later. This terminal project started in June 2018 under the approval of Sagaing Region government and Township Development Committee and other relevant organizations, to facilitate the trading and transport of the local people. 

Source- The Global New light of Myanmar

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Myanmar-Korea Friendship Bridge (Dala) Project 20 per cent completed

The Myanmar-Korea Friendship Bridge (Dala), which crosses the Yangon River and will link Lanmadaw Township to Dala Township in Yangon Region, is under construction, and about 20 per cent of all the construction works have been completed, according to the bridge construction project committee’s office. Construction works are underway to build a high-quality bridge in line with Korea’s quality control in construction. Moreover, they are making efforts to ensure the safety of the workers involved in the construction project. They look forward to the completion of the bridge by October 2022.

The first section of the Myanmar-Korea Friendship Bridge (Dala) Project in Dala Township has been carried out by Myat Noe Thu Construction Company. The second section of the project in Lanmadaw Township has been carried out by Shwe Taung Construction Company. Chinese technological company CCEC is carrying out the third section of the project, which involves the construction of the two towers in the middle of the river and a cable suspension bridge, according to the Department of Bridge.

The total length of the Myanmar-Korea Friendship Bridge (Dala) is 6,144 feet. The bridge will have a four-lane road, with each measuring 4m in width. The total expenditure for the bridge is US$157.833 million. The project has been funded by South Korea’s EDCS loan at an interest rate of 0.01 per cent. The main contractor of the project is South Korea’s GS Engineering Group, according to the Department of Bridge. 

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Construction ministry discusses announcement of preferred bidder for elevated expressways project in Yangon

Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw presided over the 4th meeting of the leading committee on construction of elevated expressways and outer ring road in Yangon yesterday afternoon. The Zoom meeting was also participated by the committee members and Union Ministers U Thant Sin Maung, U Win Khaing, U Soe Win, its secretary Deputy Minister Dr Kyaw Lin, departmental heads and officials from Nay Pyi Taw, and Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and Regional Minister for Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication Daw Nilar Kyaw from Yangon.

The phase (1) of elevated expressway project will have a total length of 27.5 kilometre at an estimated cost of US$800 million. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the member of the World Bank, is working as the consultant group for the project. The IFC has evaluated the technical and financial proposals from the 10 companies which passed

The meeting discussed cooperation of relevant ministries in the project. The elevated expressway project will be implemented by the Ministry of Construction and the Yangon Region Government under the public-private partnership system. The phase (1) of the 27.5-km long project will include a 19-km long four-lane way in the eastern part of the city, 6-km long four-lane way from east to west and 2.5-km long two-lane way connecting to Yangon International Airport to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Construction of Bago-Kyaik Hto Expressway to commerce in 2022

Construction of an expressway connecting the city of Bago and Kyaik Hto Township in Mon State is expected to start in fiscal 2022-23. This comes after the Asia Development Bank (ADB) last week approved a US$483.8 million loan to build the 64-km expressway. Detailed design work is currently underway for the project. They will continue to work on compensation for the residents who live along the road area.

The project, which is expected to be complete in fiscal 2028-29, will include a 2.3- km bridge across the Sittaung River. The Japan International Cooperation Agency will finance the New Sittaung Bridge construction with a ¥27.8 billion loan. The project falls under the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) East West Economic Corridor (EWEC) from Bago to Kyaik Hto, The 4-lane asphalt concrete highway with 3.5 meter wide carriageway, 2.5-meter wide median and 2.5- meter wide median and 2.5-meter wide shoulder on each side will also provide easier access to the Thilawa Special Economic Zone near Yangon. The EWEC connects Thailand with Thilawa SEZ, and onwards to Pathein in Ayeyarwaddy.

The project will facilitate more efficient and safer movement of goods and people within Bagon Region, Mon State and Yangon Region by reducing travel time, shortening travel distance, minimizing transport costs and improving regional connectivity with Thailand and other GMS regions. The project will also help improve the ability of the Ministry of Construction to manage the country’s major toll highways and implement social and environmental safeguards. It will include a new community-based road safety program for villagers along the Bago- Kyaikto corridor.

Source: Myanmar Times