Oriental Highway Company handed back the reins of Yangon-Pathein road to the Road Department temporarily on September 4 as the road is seriously damaged, during which the travellers are free to use the road while repairs are underway.
The government sought a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to upgrade the road and the company, which had been granted to take over the road under BOT (build, operate and transfer) agreement, handed it back to the state. The damaged portions of the road will be repaired by two special teams from the department in Yangon region and five special teams from the department in Ayeyawady region.
“The repairing process of Yangon-Pathein road will take about one and a half year. We made a negotiation with Yangon region transport minister to repair the road. We will continue to collect toll fees in bridges and we will also collect extra weight charges. The department will take over the road during the repairing process,” said Win Htay, minister for electricity, transport and industry of Ayeyawady region.