Thailand-Myanmar inspect repair of Sai River bridge damaged from strong current


CHIANG RAI – Thailand and Myanmar have discussed the relations as neighbouring countries, jointly inspected the maintenance of the Sai River bridge that was damaged from strong water currents.


Chiang Rai Governor Boonsong Techamanisatit has led a team of Thai officials to meet with Myanmar’s Tachileik District Governor Tin Win Chuay, discussing on bilateral relations regarding regional tourism between Chiang Rai Province of Thailand, Tachileik District of Myanmar, and Bokeo Province of Laos. The promotion scheme will require further talks with local tourist agencies, which the task of Chiang Rai’s provincial authorities.

Officials from both sides then observed the reparation progress of the Thailand-Myanmar Friendship Bridge that crosses the Sai River, which was in use for 40 years before being severely damaged from floods in 2013. The newly repaired bridge, which is under construction, was slightly moved from its original location by 10 centimetres.

Repairing the bridge was proposed by Thailand through the Thai-Myanmar Border Consortium, performed by the Department of Highways under a budget of 7 million baht within a duration of 2 months.

The Chiang Rai governor has urged related agencies to hasten the reparations to be finished within the 60-day time frame, while the repairmen have been permitted to work from the Myanmar side, and can collaborate with border consortiums should any obstacle arise.