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Photo The architectural design of Korea-Myanmar friendship bridge (Dala). Photo: Supplied

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​18 Sept 18 - Eleven Myanmar - Yangon-Dala river crossing bridge marking friendship between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar will begin its construction in December, said a source from the Ministry of Construction. 

The main bridge structure of Yangon-Dala has been approved at the final stage. The new design of the bridge is being drafted by Korean Consultancy Company. The bridge has 49 meter in water clearance height and its width is 370 meter. 

"The main bridge design includes 49 meters of water clearance height and 370 meters of width. Plans are underway to start constructing Korea-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in December," said Deputy Director-General Kyaw Kaung Cho. 

The Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Planning and Finance worked together and finalized the negotiation of the main bridge design. 

The project is expected to cost US$168.173 million. Out of this amount, US$137.833 million will be funded through a loan from Korean's Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) and the Ministry of Construction will incur the remaining amount of US$30.341 million. 

More than 1000 people staged a protest in support of speedy construction of Yangon-Dala river crossing bridge in Dala Township on June 17. The news that the bridge could have been built since 6 years ago appeared. Some port businesspersons and the Ministry of Transport and Communications objected to the construction of the bridge, said the Dala residents. 

Myanma Port Authority did not object to the bridge construction. It suggested the design not to hurt the port services, said Managing Director Ni Aung of Myanma Port Authority. 

"We never objected to the construction of the bridge. We have frequently discussed the plan to construct the bridge with the Ministry of Construction. We suggested the bridge design must be the one not to hurt the port services," said Managing Director Ni Aung. 

Upon completion of the bridge, it will contribute to socio-economic development of the local people from Dala, Twantay, Kawhmu and Kungyangon and Ayeyawady regions. 

Translated and Edited by Win Htut


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