Asia World collects road tax on under construction Hpakant jade mining road

The Burma-Asia World Company has begun to collect road tax on the Mogaung-Hpakant jade mining road in Burma’s northern Kachin state soon after it started rebuilding the road in November, 2008, said local sources.
The company started to reconstruct the stone paved road from 8 Miles, Mogaung Township to the Hpakant (Phakant) jade mining city. The distance between the two is over 48 miles, said local travellers.

Local travellers to Hpakant jade mining area told KNG, that company workers have been stopping all cars travelling along the road and collecting road tax depending on the size of the cars. They collect 9,000 Kyat (US $8) for Toyota 4-wheeled cars, 6,000 Kyat (US $5) for Chinese made and small-sized tractor called Htaw-la-gyi and 5,000 Kyat (US $4) on the basis of wheels of large-sized truck (a ten-wheeled truck will have to pay 50,000 Kyat (US $44) to the company), respectively. continue

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