Mawlamyine, September 14 – the construction of a new car park for container lorries is urgently needed in the Mon State capital of Mawlamyine as the current parking lot can no longer capacitate the burgeoning numbers of vehicles, the Motor Vehicle Supervisory Committee for Mon State has toldMyitmakha News Agency.
“There’s no doubt about the need for a container lorry car park in Mawlamyine. Motorcycles are regularly crashing into lorries which have had to park alongside the road as the current car park is too narrow to accommodate them. It’s exacerbating numbers of traffic accidents and always causing problems with local residents. Parking along the road also makes taking showers and going to the toilet problematic for lorry drivers. That’s why a new car park needs to be built as soon as possible,” said U Kyaw Win Maung, secretary of the aforementioned committee.
Container lorries from across the country which drive into Mawlamyine park at the container lorry car park located at the entrance of the Zaycho Highway Bus Depot, but the space is rendered insufficient for the volumes of vehicles as part of it has been encroached upon to build a wholesalers trading market.
“In the past, the number of lorries here was few. These days, however, and the space allocated for the car park is no longer big enough; about three years ago, half of the land was handed over to the Mon State Chambers of Commerce and Industry so they could use it to build an office. We have to wait around seven-to-ten days during the rainy season for up our lorries to be filled up with stock, so it’s not easy for us to stay here for that length of time,” U Than Win, a container lorry driver from Yangon, told Myitmakha News Agency.
The Mon State Motor Vehicle Supervisory Committee reportedly submitted a proposal to the Mon State government on September 7 entreating them to build a much needed new container lorry car park as quickly as possible.
“We know this issue needs to be solved in a timely manner. Even though we can’t always conduct research and consult with the government, we will make efforts to at least solve this problem temporarily,” said U Htun Htay, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Transportation for Mon State.
A proposal has also reportedly been submitted to the Mon State government for a German company to build an international-standard car park in the state capital during the incumbent government’s term in office.
Records show that 390 container lorries from across Myanmar entered into Mawlamyine during the rainy-season month of August alone, with over a thousand container lorries expected to park up in the Mon State capital during the coming dry seasons.