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Proposed Plans to Build New Port in Central Myanmar
AUTHOR: EI THANDAR TUN
Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication is planning to build a port at Ayekyun Village east of the city of Pakkoku in Magway Region. They have proposed the plan to the Ministry of Planning and Finance, according to U Kyaw Myo, Deputy Ministry of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication, at Amyotha Hluttaw.
The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication will start the construction process of for the $25 million port once it receives approval from the Ministry of Planning and Finance.
“At the existing Pakkoku port, freight ships and boats can’t dock because of shallow waterways. After inspection and ground studies, Water Resource and River Department chose Ayekyun Village for the new Pakkoku Village port,” U Kyaw Myo, Vice President of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication, said.
A 180-meter dock, bridge, infrastructure and storage facilities need to be built as part of the new port.
“We chose this a place for the new port after considering the water level of the Ayayarwaddy River and how drastically the waterway changes in the summer time,” Said U Kyaw Myo.
Thousands of goods and items are currently being loaded and unloaded at the old Pakkoku port; then they are transported to Sagaing, Mandalay and Yangon. The new port will increase the capacity and efficiency for future growth.
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