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Strand Rd to become main commercial artery: YCDC

By Kyaw Hsu Mon
March 21 - 27, 2011

Demolition workers tear down former government-owned buildings in front of the Myanmar Port Authority building on Strand Road. Pic: Kaung Htet

THE ongoing upgrade of Strand Road will make it the city’s most important thoroughfare, a Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) Information Department spokesperson said last week.

When complete, the upgrade will link the No 2 Highway, which starts in South Dagon township, to the Aung Zeya and Bayintnaung bridges in Hlaing township, creating a much more efficient linkage between Ayeyarwady Region and upper Myanmar through Yangon.

The road upgrade is being undertaken by YCDC and Asia World company, despite a company official saying on July 9 last year that the company would not be directly involved in the project.

The upgrade will include a 10-lane stretch from Htidan Road in Kyeemyindaing township to Botahtaung Market Road in Botahtaung township that will be complemented by a rail linkage, Asia World chairman U Tun Myint Naing told State Peace and Development Council Secretary-1 Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo, the state-run Mirror newspaper reported on March 14.

“We are not the contractor for this project but we will assist the Ministry of Transportation in some areas of this project that are not related to the road or railroad construction,” Asia World director Daw Win Win Htwe told The Myanmar Times last year.

The 4.69-mile (7.5 kilometres) section being upgraded by Asia World will greatly accelerate the flow of commodities through that company’s port and comes only weeks after Myanmar Port Authority announced that a Chinese company had been contracted to dredge a 48km stretch of the Yangon River. That dredging operation would allow vessels up to 35,000 deadweight tonnes to dock at Yangon Port, up from only 15,000.

An Asia World spokesperson said the road would hopefully be finished by the start of June.

Asia World has formed three groups to handle the work: One to demolish the state-owned buildings in the road’s path; one to prepare and level the ground; and one to lay the concrete for the road.

Up to 130 government-owned buildings will be demolished to make way for the road, a spokesperson for YCDC’s Building Department said. The demolition team is now tearing down state-owned buildings and warehouses around the Pansodan Jetty. – Translated by Thiri Min Htun