By Aung Ye Thwin
Union Ministers answered asterisk-marked questions raised by representatives and the Gambling Bill 2018 was discussed at the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday.
During the session, Daw Ma Ma Lay of Shan State Constituency and Parme 8 asked the government about its plans to provide electricity to the See Kya Inn, Myayni (South) villages in Pindaya Township, Danu Self-Administered Zone, Shan State.
Replying to her question, the Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy, Dr. Tun Naing, said that 66 / 11 kV of Pindaya will be distributed to three villages, including Seekyainn, Myayni (South), and Parmei villages. He said the NEP has been formulated to provide power supply in the first phrase. “A transformer will be built for Htut Ni village, and a 11 kV distribution power line (3.8 miles) and a 11/0.4 KVA transformer will be built for Seekya Inn Village. To provide power to Myayni (South) Village, a transformer will be built using 11 KV power line (0.5 miles), 11 / 0.4KV- 100 KVA transformer through the Seekya Inn village. For Parmei village, a 11 KV power line(1.2 miles) and a 11 / 0.4 KV, 100 KVA transformer will be built to get power supply through Myayni (South) Village. Arrangements are currently being made to implement these schemes with KfW loans from Germany,” he said.
No plan to build wind measurement towers in Chin State
U Bawi Khing of Chin State’s Constituency 3 asked if the government planned to construct windmills in Chin State. Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy, Dr. Tun Naing, said eight Wind Measurement Towers had been set up in Lort Lan of Chin State, in Yebawgyi of Rakhine State, in Chaungtha of Ayeyawady Region and in Taungtat and Wathinka of Yangon Region by the China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC). To study wind speed and pressure, the Asia Eco-energy Development and Primus Advanced Technologies Ltd. set up six Wind Measurement Towers in An Township of Rakhine State, besides Thandwe and Gwa townships, the deputy minister said.
“Based on their findings in Lord Lan of Chin State, it was held that the project is situated too far to be connected with the Transmission line, besides it poses transportation barriers. That’s why there is no plan to build Wind Measurement Towers at the moment,” he said.
Entrance fee to Nat Ma Taung National Park
Daw Khin Swe Lwin of Chin State Constituency 9 asked if the government plans to change the name of Nat Ma Taung National Park to Khaw Nu M’ Cong National Park and whether it plans to collect an entrance fee from visitors. Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Dr. Ye Myint Swe, said the ministry will seek suggestions from the Union Government in the matter.
In a move to help conserve the garden, an entrance fee of Ks10,000, or US$10, per tourist was decided upon during a meeting of the Chin State government (27/2014), and the Chin State government will supervise this task, the deputy minister said.
Later, Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing answered questions raised by U Zung Hlei Thang of Chin State Constituency 4, U Myint Naing of Rakhine State Constituency 5, and U Tin Aung Tun of Magway Region Constituency 5.
Afterwards, Hluttaw representatives discussed the Gambling Bill 2018. U Kyaw Ni Naing of Shan State Constituency 11, Dr. Pyae Phyo of Ayeyawady Region Constituency 7, U Than Soe alias Than Soe (Eco) of Yangon Region Constituency 4 and U Soe Thein alias U Maung Soe of Thaninthayi Region Constituency 10 participated in the discussion.
Action to be taken against poachers
Daw Thiri Yadana of Mon State Constituency 12 tabled a motion, urging the Government to take action against poachers.
“According to data from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, it is estimated that around 116 elephants were killed for their ivory from 2010 through 2016. Of these, around 30 elephants were killed in 2017 alone. At this alarming rate, between 1,400 and 2,000 elephants are thought to be surviving in Myanmar’s forests. Moreover, at least one elephant is killed every week,” she said. “The extent of the killings is so great that experts have predicted the elephant population may be wiped out by 2030-2035. Although offences under Section 37 of the Protection of Wildlife Act are punishable with imprisonment of up to 7 years in Myanmar, it is found that hunting and trafficking of wildlife still continues, despite attempts to curb them. All are duty bound to take part and cooperate in tackling this problem,” she added.
U Sa Khin Zaw Lin of Ayeyawady Region Constituency 2 supported the motion. Then Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced that Hluttaw accepted the motion for discussion. (Translated by Win Ko Ko Aung)