Nay Pyi Taw, Feb 28
Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected an airport construction site in Chin State yesterday.
The Vice President and entourage arrived at the construction site for Lailimpi’s airport where an official from the Department of Civil Aviation explained on the choice of location for the airport and requirements in the construction process. Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung gave a briefing about future construction plans.
After inspecting around the site and technical equipment and bulldozing works, they toured on motor vehicles around Lailimpi and monitored the progress of development works in that township.
Then a cordial meeting was held with local residents in the Lailimpi’s sports stadium where explanations were given on how the State was working on supporting development processes in Lailimpi.
Town elder Dr. Sar Sar presented topics in need of development including betterment of roads in the city, improving the system of communications, constructing a Mindat-Lailimpi road, receiving stable electric power, upgrading schools and hospitals to which officials present explained the development works in progress in the respective sectors.
Deputy Minister Major-General Than Htut then handed over cash assistance of K50 lakhs from the Ministry of Border Affairs to Dr. Sar Sar.
The Vice President and entourage arrived at Yayzwa Town in the afternoon and visited construction works for expanding the 16 bedded hospital.
He then consoled the patients and gave them cash assistance.
Afterwards the Vice President met with local residents and elders in meeting hall of the Township General Administration Department Office and explained the government’s plans in helping regional development efforts. Town elder U Raw he presented requirements in the city’s development process to which each official of each respective sector gave replies and explanations.
This was followed by the Vice President receiving souvenir gifts from residents of Yayzwa. The Vice President and entourage then travelled to Matupi in the evening and inspected the sick ward, surgery rooms and ward expansions and then visited and gave words of encouragement to patients after which he gave them cash assistance.
Afterwards the Vice President met with local residents at the Bonetalaw hall and explained the State’s plans in helping regional development efforts. In the meeting a Town elder presented requirements in Matupi’s development plans to which the respective officials of each sector gave replies and explanations.
The Vice President then gave financial assistance of K 100 lakhs from the Ministry of Border Affairs to a member of Township Management Committee.
Then, Union Minister U Win Khaing and Deputy Minister Major-General Than Htut presented 50 solar panels and 250 blankets given by the Ministry of Border Affairs to officials concerned. The Vice President then inspected Kobwe and Sanbaung among other wards in Matupi that were devastated in a landslide during the Komen storm. A department official briefed the Vice President on the progress of current works and long-term objectives that need to be implemented with help from the State. Then the Vice President and entourage observed the progress of Matupi Township’s development, improvement of water currents into the city, possible sites for city expansion, and sites of the landslide devastation from Thein Byul golf course observation deck.
They then toured Matupi town bypass on motor vehicles. The Vice President stressed to the citizens of each region visited in the day to effectively utilize the natural resources available to them, the importance of shifting from nomadic terrace cultivation to long-term crops.
He also explained how they are working on safeguarding the people from calamities and preventive measures to avoid similar events that had occurred.
He also explained how in developing preventive measures from natural disasters like landslides consideration is put into supplying the region with adequate electricity and drinking water. In this endeavor, he suggested that a joint committee should be formed as soon as possible, comprising experts on geology, geography and irrigation and led by the Chief Minister of Chin State.
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