07 Jan 2021 - Source: Global New Light of Myanmar - Yangon Region Transport Authority ran the 4th vessel between Yangon and Cocogyun Township yesterday, carrying materials and equipment for electrification and construction works. The ship departed in the early morning from No. 3 Sule Wharf in Yangon."YRTA is running the vessel trips to Cocogyun Township under the arrangement of Yangon Region government. This trip is aimed at effectuation of development of the township. We have to take responsibility for transportation. Now, we can supply the electricity in Cocogyun Township. We have to conduct other processes such as regional development and transportation of the civil staff," said U Hla Aung, the joint secretary of YRTA.
The passengers will have to stay one-week quarantine under COVID-19 preventive measures.
A total of 61 passengers including seamen, municipal staff, police officers, bank staff, Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) staff and residents were on board the ship. The ship was loaded with some 350 tonnes of cargos. YRTA conducted this trip by renting MV Charites, which cost around K350 million.
Regarding the electricity supply in Cocogyun Township, U Maung Maung Latt, the YESC chair said, "We are supplying electricity to this area for 24 hours under the solar system. Now, we are finalizing the project. We also carried a 500 kV diesel engine and fuel oil to run the ship. However, we are providing the electricity under the solar system. If necessary, we will run the diesel engine. Now, YESC is supplying 1.5 megawatts under the solar system. To deliver more than 1.5 megawatts, the YESC engineering team will ride on the ship for field inspection."
Not only YRTA but also the Ministry of Transport and Communications also assisted in delivering the goods to enable access to the electricity in Cocogyun Township. Out of the recent seven vessels to this township, four trips were organized by YRTA.
Cocogyun is one of the 45 townships in Yangon Region. It is located in the Bay of Bengal 257 nautical miles south of Yangon and its area is 20.54 square kilometres. Cocogyun Township lagged in development due to its remote location. Now, the government is making an all-out effort for the development of this township. —Myint Maung Kyaw (Translated by Hay Mar)