Akyab’s troubled jetty giving trouble to the public
Akyab, September 21: The Arakan State’s capital, Akyab, saw its principal jetty destroyed by a storm four months ago. So far the Burmese authority has done nothing to rebuild it.
Consequently the Arakanese public is now facing severe inflation on imported goods due to a lack of docking facilities, which are costing importers both time and money.
The cargo from the sea faring trading vessels are to be off-loaded to smaller boats offshore, since the trading vessels are unable to dock at the broken jetty, a trader from Akyab says.
He also told Narinjara that, “We
have to shift the cargo shipped from
The frustrated public also has to face delays in sea transport
as the ferry services have almost been crippled. The ferries are the main
mode of transportation in commuting to other parts of
“We travel to
The jetty was destroyed on
A few days after the storm the Burmese Prime Minister
General Khin Nyunt, other government ministers and directors of the Shwe Thann Lwin Company visited Akyab and inspected the broken jetty, but there has not
been any progress in fixing it up according to an official from the
People are curious about why the jetty has not been fixed and when it will be fixed. The British, who needed it for Akyab’s rice exports, built the jetty in 1876. The jetty has never been renovated by any Burmese government. #