Sittwe, 10 December: The dilapidated Sittwe –
The repair work in three sections of the road have been undertaken simultaneously on an urgent basis to make it motorable as many areas have been badly broken and many bridges have become rundown as this year’s heavy rain washed away the bitumen surfaces.
The three sections are at Kyauktaw – Mrauk-u in the northern end of the state,
Light Infantry Battalion 538 based in Rathedaung has been supervising the work on the Kyauktaw – Mrauk-u section, while LIB 34 and 55 in Mrebon and Ann.
In the Mrebon section about 1,700 people has been used as forced labour to do the repair work till 1 December, in Ann about one hundred people have been used everyday as forced labour, while the number in the Kyauktaw – Mrauk-u section could not be established.
The Burmese junta officials have told the people off and on that the “voluntary labour” as used in
Our correspondent on his tour to a number of remote areas has seen large scale use of forced labour by the Burmese military troops in recent days. #