Thursday, 10 July 2014

Poor roads delay border trade with India

Border trade has been delayed for more than two weeks at the Reed toll-gate, in Chin State, near the India-Myanmar border due to an accident and poor road conditions.

Only small vehicles can now drive through the toll-gate after a 10-wheel drive truck fell off the road near old Haimon village causing a traffic jam, according to local drivers.

“There is no injury. That’s why we are delayed more than two weeks due to traffic jam,” said truck driver Aung Ko Oo.

“In rainy season, the roads in Chin State are slippery and road accidents frequently occur because the roads are very narrow,” said another driver Ko Thaw Tar.

A narrow road connects the Reed border gate to old Haimon village, which passes a steep gully where heavy duty vehicles often struggle because of too much mud.

“Trucks frequently collapse in the gully due to land slide. The road section is in bad condition. It needs urgent repairs. We left there after repairing the road by ourselves because of the building traffic jam occurring at the Reed toll-gate,” said driver Nakar.

The popular betel nut and other agricultural goods are exported across the Reed border gate while fertilisers and other commodities are imported.

source: Eleven Myanmar
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