Airport Location Surveys Conducted in Chin State
12 December 2012: The government of Chin State said the plan to construct a domestic airport in its mountainous state is underway with the first location survey already conducted in Falam Township.
Pu Hung Ngai, Chief Minister, said a series of extensive surveys would be carried out in the townships of Tedim, Thantlang, Hakha, Mindat and Paletwa in the near future to find out the most appropriate location for airport construction in Chin State.
“An engineer team led by U Thant Zaw Moe, from Myanmar Airlines, will be conducting location surveys across Chin State. The most suitable place recommended based on their findings would be finally confirmed for the airport construction,” Pu Hung Ngai told Chin media in Rangoon.
U Thant Zaw Moe, together with seven engineers, arrived in Surbung of Falam Township on 24 October 2012 to make a three-day survey of the area, which is about 10 miles from Falam town, according to news reports.
Recently, sources reportedly said that the Surbung mountain has been confirmed for the location of airport construction in Chin State. However, a final decision would be made based on the survey results, according to Pu Hung Ngai, Chief Minister of the Chin State government.
The agreement reached on 9 December between the Chin National Front and Burma’s government during their second Union-level peace talks includes a provision for constructing a domestic airport in Chin State.
The Union Government shall construct at least one airport in an appropriate location after conducting a field assessment in order to facilitate easier communication access within Chin State, the peace agreement stated.
As of today, Chin State, the poorest in the country, remains the only region that have no airports in the whole of Burma.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang