By Mi Mi Phyo
The eighth-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw was held yesterday morning in the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall, Nay Pyi Taw.
During the meeting, a question-and-answer session was held, a motion was tabled and a bill was approved.
During the question-and-answer session, U Pe Than of Myebon constituency asked whether there was a plan to connect the two sections of Myebon-Kantha-Kapaing Road in Myebon Township and Minbya Township with the Pyunshay bridge in the 2018-2019 fiscal year (FY). Ministry of Construction Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin replied that new bridge and road constructions were being carried out based on priority and the allocation of union/state funds. In the 2018-2019 FY, a six-month budget, from 1 April to 30 September, of Ks200 million from the state reserve fund and Ks50 million from the union reserve fund were being requested to construct the Pyunshay bridge, and if the funds are allocated, it will be implemented, said the deputy minister.
Responding to questions raised by U Khin Maung Thi of Shan State Loilem constituency on the plan to continue the construction of the Loilem-Taunggyi union road section under the build, operate, transfer (BOT) system and the plan to find a new road axis while repairing and modifying the ascending and descending roads on Khauknwe Mountain, Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin said the Meiktila-Taunggyi-Kengtung-Tachilek road section in Shan State (South) and the 60-mile-long Taunggyi-Loilem section are being constructed under the BOT system by Nay Min Yaung Company. The company has been instructed to lay asphalt concrete roads in Taunggyi Town and Hopong Town, widen the Hopong-Htansan road to a 24-foot wide asphalt road by June 2018 and to install road signs. The company is executing these works, replied the deputy minister. The ascending and descending roads on the Taunggyi-Loilem road section of Khauknwe Mountain is 19 kilometres long. From the 2011-2012 FY to the 2017-2018 FY, Nay Min Yaung Company has laid a 19-km-long and 5.5-metre wide road, widened the road shoulders by 10.36 metres for up to 1.81 km, installed 680 concrete road guard poles, installed 1,219 metres of aluminium guard rail, installed 64 road signs and built 36.57 metres of retaining wall. From the 2018-2019 FY to the 2020-2021 FY, the company will widen the narrow road sections of the ascending and descending roads of Khauknwe Mountain, making it a 7.3-metre-wide asphalt road, said the deputy minister.
Ministry of Construction Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin also replied to questions on the construction sector raised by Dr. U Min Thein of YeU constituency, U Tun Tun of Pwintbyu constituency, Daw Khin Than Nu of Mindon constituency, U Myint Lwin of Twante constituency and U Aye Min Aung @ U Min Min of Paungde constituency. Next, Daw Nan Kham Aye of Namtu constituency tabled a motion on union- and state/region-level departmental organisations when calling for tenders; handling the transport cost of work-related materials and works that the ministerial department does not need to do, due to technical issues, while not including those works in the tender; following the instructions and work guidelines from which the departmental organisations are deviating; and implementing fair competition by requiring the tender-competing companies to include rates for complete drawings and estimates prepared by the related ministerial department, in accordance with the region. Daw Nan Khin Saw of Kunhing constituency supported the motion and said the laws and instructions need to be followed not only by the (tendering) companies but also the departmental organisations. Rules and regulations that are one-sided for the departmental organisations need to be removed, added the Hluttaw representative while supporting the motion. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint requested Hluttaw representatives to enrol their names to discuss the motion. Later, the Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker went through each clause of the bill on registering agreements, sent with amendments by the Amyotha Hluttaw, to obtain the confirmation of the Hluttaw, and then announced the confirmation of the bill, as amended by the Amyotha Hluttaw.
The ninth-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the Pyithu Hluttaw is scheduled for 30 January.