The Nay Pyi Taw Council of the government in office is working with the goal of turning Nay Pyi Taw into a livable city which is also the centre of learning and research through environmental friendly means.
During its first year in office, the government spent over K 41 billion in implementing 1431 tasks to reach this end. The expenditure came from the funds allowed by the Union, funds allotted by the Pyidaungsu Huttaw and funds donated region-wise. In the second year, it implemented 1390 tasks at a cost of over K 42 billion.
The government is working to ensure agricultural sector development, electricity supply, good transport, rural water supply, health care and infrastructures for the spread of education opportunities till reaching the rural areas, the rule of law, community peace, protection of legal rights for the development of Nay Pyi Taw while adopting the three work guidelines for urban development according to the policies.
Endeavours are being made for the progress of education, health, transport, agriculture, small and medium enterprises in fulfilling the basic needs. In many cases, transport is a key for regional development. Good transport facilitates commodity flow and trade, thus helping develop other sectors such as social, economic and health fields.
Road and bridge building have been prioritized in rural areas. The newly developed towns have all the necessary infrastructure and facilities including power and water supply. The government is making all-out efforts for harmonious progress of wards and villages in Pyinmana, Lewe and Tatkon townships which are included in the Nay Pyi Taw.
The old Yangon-Mandalay road passes through the Nay Pyi Taw for over 57 miles. The 24-ft wide road has been repaved and extended to become a 48-ft wide facility with smooth surface.
In the road and bridges sector, the government during its first year in office spent over Ks 12 billion in implementing 651 programs and spent over K 12 billion and implemented 361 programs in the second year. It is also building rural roads and bridges to narrow the gap between towns and villages.
Nay Pyi Taw has a population of one million and over 50 per cent is living in the rural areas where agriculture is the main livelihood. Nay Pyi Taw put over 0.16 million areas under monsoon paddy and produced over 14.3 million baskets at the per acre yield of 84 baskets. It has already put 25,900 acres under summer paddy. Private businesses are also taking part in growing monsoon and summer paddy in the council area and they are introducing high-yield and pest-resistant quality strains. Nay Pyi Taw will distribute quality strains and is launching pilot projects to test the new strains. The city is also extending the irrigation system. The government spent over Ks 8 billion in implementing 199 irriigation works during the first year and over spent K 10 billion implementing 413 works.
Under the World Bank loans and Agriculture Government Supporting Project, the city is promoting the irrigation system by spending nearly K 3.4 billion. The project will irrigate over 7,000 acres in the city area.
Livestock breeding is also important for the rural people as the agriculture. Financial and material assistance have been provided to farmers under various programs for peasants to take part in farming business as well. Nay Pyi Taw provided a capital of Ks 90 million for 370 households in Pyinmana, Ottarathiri and Zeyathiri townships to earn extra icome through permanent breeding farms.
In the education sector, the government allotted over Ks 5.4 billion for 234 programs in the eight townships of the city during the first year, and allotted over Ks 6 billion for 135 programs in the eight townships of the city during the second year. The number of high, middle and primary schools the government upgraded in academic year 2017-2018 in the city area reached 96 and the government also appointed over 420 new teachers. It is preparing to appoint 265 more teachers in the academic year 2018-2019.
The government spent over Ks 6.3 billion in this fiscal year for the health sector alone. It has implemented health undertakings at a cost of over Ks 2.7 billion. The works totaling over 130 included extension of new buildings, school health undertakings, and rural health activities.
The government reinforced its activities in providing health teams comprising specialist surgeons for rural areas in eight townships in Nay Pyi Taw this year. It had launchd such activities in the previous year also. The health teams included general practitioners, child specialists, malaria specialists, leprosy specialists, surgeons and dentists.
The government could further upgrade the disease prevention measures as its main health activity in the two-year period. It could administer vaccine to over 17000 children and over 17000 expectant mothers in the first year and give vaccine to over 18000 children and over 18000 expectant mothers in the second year. It also gave vaccine to nearly 300,000 children in Nay Py Taw.
During its first year in office, the government implemented four specialist hospitals – gynecology specialist hospital, child specialist hospital, bone specialist hospital and eye specialist hospital. It also implemented a special hospital level dental hospital for the first time in the nation. The hospitals are giving treatment to people from all over the country.
The 1000-bed General Hospital in Nay Pyi Taw has been equipped with modern facilities, medicines and skilled staff to treat people from far and near. The hospitals in Nay Pyi Taw is conducting medical checks on cancer free of charge to everyone.
Zabuthiri Hospital in Nay Pyi Taw is a government-private jont-venture providing medical treatment with the most advanced equipment and methods charging only 75 per cent of the actual cost.
The government upgraded the meat and fish stalls of Thabyaygon market in Nay Pyi Taw at the cost of nearly Ks 1 billion in cooperation with the People’s Republic of China. It also created a neat and tidy place for vendors in Tatkon.
The government spent nearly Ks 7 billion in implementing 168 rural water supply projects in the first year and spent Ks 1.4 billion in implementing 175 rural water supply projects in the second year. It is adopting special plans for rural areas where water is insufficient.
In the past of the eight townships of Nay Pyi Taw only Zabuthiri had the cent-per-cent rural power supply. Now all the villages in Zeyathiri Township has been electrified. This year alone, the government spent over Ks 4 billion in implementing 86 more power supply projects in the remaining townships.
The government has been opening OSS offices all around the country to serve the public in various places. These officers had solved or settled over 60,000 public complaints or problems through amicable and smooth services within a two-year period. Talks of courses on subjects related to vocation education or drug awareness have been given in various parts of the city area.
The Nay Pyi Taw Development Committee is developing the capital city as a sector of its tasks. The committee is accepting funds from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and government financial support and from its own budget in greening the city, implementing water works and sanitation plans, building and maintaining roads and bridges and other necessary facilities.
The government has created 120 500-ft by 500-ft plots in the diplomatic zone of the capital city. Three plots have already been hired and 12 countries have already chosen 27 plots for them. The country has the draft agreement with Qatar and it has been approved. So work is under way to hire land under agreement. The zone now has 12 24-ft wide streets, facilities for water and power supply. Work is being made under the amended 16-point policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the embassies to move to the diplomatic zone.
“We now have already adopted a future plan for development of Nay Pyi Taw. We will implement the plan in cooperation with the relevant ministries. We have a five-point policy. The main aim is to turn Nay Pyi Taw into a constantly clean and green city where all-round development undertakings are free from damaging the environment. As Nay Pyi Taw is the capital of the country and the seat of the government it will host only small-scale industries and no heavy industries will be allowed. It will become a smart city which is the centre of knowledge of the country,” said Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council Dr Myo Aung.
In addition, there are economic development undertakings of the city. One of the advantages of Nay Pyi Taw is its possession of an international airport. The number of passengers coming through the airport is still small at present. But it will become a vital place and a transit centre of Asia when the city becomes the centre of knowledge where development of intellectual property is high.
The government is working together with the donors in looking into the social needs of the public and solving the hardships of the citizens of the city. In some cases, the departmental staffs are providing one stop or door-to-door services for the satisfaction of the local people.
The Nay Pyi Taw Council has been working for ensuring security, progress, cleanness and pleasantness of the people living in the city. It is also striving to further improve the living standards of the people. Additionally its endeavours include education development, health and longevity, roads and bridges development, maintenance of dam for good irrigation, and uninterrupted supply of electricity. In so doing, the council is striving with best efforts depending on the allotted budget.
By July Moe (Myanma Alinn)