Friday, August 18, 2017

Ministry promises tender for $170m Yangon-Dala bridge

Myanmar’s tallest bridge could be designed and built by foreign companies. International tenders will be put out both for the consultancy team supervising the design and the construction company that will build the Dala suspension bridge, it was announced yesterday.

The 48-metre-high (160-foot) bridge, which will link downtown Yangon city with Dala township, will be funded by a US$137.8 million loan from South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) to mark the friendship between the two countries.

Ministry of Construction permanent secretary U Kyaw Lwin said the ministry and the EDCF have already set rules and regulations for the tender process, which would be launched “soon”.

“We will choose a consultancy team which will give advice and supervise the design team and engineers for the Yangon-Dala bridge project by tender,” he said. “A construction company will also be selected by international tender.”

The bridge project also features a training course for Myanmar engineers. It is expected that this program will enable the sharing of technical knowledge among local engineers from both the Ministry of Construction and Myanmar Engineering Society, and foreign engineers.

U Han Soe, director general of the Department of Bridges, said Myanmar would supplement the Korean loan of $137.8 million with an additional $30.4 million from the budget.

On May 28, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw gave the green light to the 40-year loan with 0.01 percent interest and a 15-year deferment period.

U Soe Tint, deputy construction minister, told parliament that the Yangon-Dala suspension bridge would be the tallest bridge in the country, at 48m (160ft) high, enabling vessels loading up to 1500 tonnes to pass beneath easily. The bridge will be 247m (823ft) wide.

Compensation for houses, gardens and schools that are included in the project area on the Dala side has already been negotiated with residents. The bridge project also includes a water supply pipeline for Dala township, which faces drinking water shortages every dry season.

The project is estimated to take about five years.

Translation by Zar Zar Soe