The electrification effort and the meter boxes that will measure usage were among the issues discussed by the 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 7th regular session seventh day meeting held yesterday in Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall, Nay Pyi Taw.
The questions on the electricity sector were answered by Ministry of Electricity and Energy Deputy Minister Dr. Tun Naing.
Replying to a question raised by Daw Aye Aye Mu (a) Daw Sharmie of Kalay constituency on plans to install sufficient numbers of meter boxes for household use, Deputy Minister Dr. Tun Naing said depending upon the usage amount, three-types of digital meter boxes were being planned for purchase and installed for household use in place of a single meter box previously used so that a huge number of meter reading personnel are not required. Tenders were called with the 2017-2018 fiscal year ordinary expenditure budget to purchase 5/30 ampere meters that will be read directly for use in rural villages,
5/30 ampere meters that can be read by hand held unit (HHU) for use in small towns and 10/60 ampere meters that can be read by HHU for use in big towns. The 10/60 ampere meter can use twice the amount of power of the previous meters and once these arrive in early April 2018, arrangements are being made to fulfil the meter box requirement. On the question of plans to review and install Ever brand household digital electricity meters asked by U Naing Naing Win of Tamu constituency, Deputy Minister Dr. Tun Naing said tenders had been called for in a transparent and fair manner in fiscal year 2017-2018 to purchase three types of digital meters for rural, small and big town usage.
Among the meters submitted in the tender, one which has good technology and quality and can be acquired at a fair price will be bought and, starting in the coming fiscal year, arrangements are being made for the price of the household meters to be reviewed and reduced.
Next, Daw Cho Cho of Ottwin constituency asked if there was a plan to provide electricity to villages on the banks of the Sittaung River in Ottwin Township, to which Deputy Minister Dr. Tun Naing said the six villages of Aung Thar, Kan Thar, Thaungtan, Thaungpu, Kyetlesit and Chaungkyo on the banks of the Sittaung River in Ottwin Township are more than 5 miles away from the 11 KV power line, and therefore not included in the initial stage of the national electrification plan (NEP).
By the second stage of the NEP project, electricity will be provided to these six villages via Ziphyuthaung and Thayetaw villages. Some villages are in places where road communication is not good and it is difficult to transport the concrete poles, power lines and transformers needed.
In response to a question by U Oo Tun Win of Kyauktaw constituency on plans to provide electricity to the Pane Ne Chaung-Kyauk Swe Phyu beach area, the Deputy Minister said electricity provided to a total of 30 villages near Goppi Daunt village along the Kyauk Swe Phyu beach area will be included in the 2021-2022 fiscal year five-year plan implemented with Union funds to construct nine miles of 66KV power transmission line and a 66/11 KV, 5 MVA sub-station in Goppi Daunt village.
Once the Goppi Daunt sub-station is constructed, providing electricity to 30 villages near Goppi Daunt village along the Kyauk Swe Phyu beach area will be implemented by coordinating with Rakhine State government to fund the required 11 KV power line and 11/0.4 KV transformers.
A bill to amend the television and video law was then submitted by Ministry of Information Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun to the Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee member Thakayta constituency Dr Wei Phyo Aung read and explained the committee’s report on the bill.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint said that Hluttaw representatives who want to discuss the bill should enroll their names.
The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 7th regular session eighth day meeting is scheduled for 29 January.
Mi Mi Phyo