Road tarring in Chin State, construction project monitoring, and the status of the Inland Waterway Transport Bill were among the issues discussed at yesterday’s Amyotha Hluttaw meeting in Nay Pyi Taw.
U Lal Min Htan of Chin State constituency 10 raised a question on plans to tar the road connecting Yayzwa town in middle of Chin State and Lailimpi town on the border with India and moving the road axis in a three-mile stretch where the grade of the road is steep. Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin said the 58-mile-long Yayzwa-Lailimpi Road is under the management of the Chin State government and Ks541.291 million is allocated from the FY 2017-2018 fund to widen a bend in the road where the road gradient is steep at a five-furlong stretch of road, widen a four-furlong stretch of road where land slides occur during the rainy season, tarring a two-mile stretch of road in Lialimpi town, constructing two reinforced culverts and four retaining walls.
Yearly funds will be submitted in order to upgrade the road to an all-weather gravel surfaced road by FY 2020-2021 and will be implemented depending upon the availability of funds. After the road survey and design group of road department (head office) conducts a survey of the three-mile stretch between mileposts 36 and 39 where the road gradient is steep, funds will be requested in FY 2018-2019 and appropriate action will be taken when the fund is allocated said the Deputy Minister.
Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin then responded to a question by Dr. Win Myint Chit of Bago region constituency 8 on transparently publishing the bills of process and bills of quantity for people to monitor the construction processes of the planned roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, clinics and markets in townships for regional development.
The deputy minister said the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Sports, state and regional governments form tender assessing committees and use the tender system to construct roads, small bridges, schools, hospital, clinics and markets. Estimates are reviewed in stages and submitted to the assessing committee for confirmation and quality control groups inspect to ensure quality workmanship, said the deputy minister.
Explanations will be provided when details of the work are requested. The practice of responding to questions by locals on particulars like invitation for tenders and signing an agreement with the tender winning companies, assessment and confirmation by the assessing committee on the drawings, estimates, bills of quantity of the construction company and monitoring the work being conducted according to the estimates were being made, said the deputy minister. Instructions were issued to the construction companies to put up sign boards at work sites displaying the work type, quantity, approved fund, design, department and implementing company’s name.
The deputy minister further added that instructions were issued for the tender assessing committees to form work assessing committees to monitor the works and to invite and explain the work particulars to the respective hluttaw representatives.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw and Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin then replied to questions on constructing roads, bridges, dikes, taking action according to article 19 of farm land act and collection of tax raised by U Shayrel Shu Maung of Kayah state constituency 2, U Kyaw Than of Rakhine state constituency 10, Daw Ei Ei Pyone of Ayeyarwady constituency 8 and U Kyaw Kyaw of Rakhine state constituency 4.
Next, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than notified the hluttaw of Pyithu Hluttaw sending back with amendment the Amyotha Hluttaw approved Inland Waterway Transport Bill and enrollment for discussion was announced.
2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 5th regular session 14th day meeting will be held on 15 June it is learnt.
Aung Ye Thwin, Aye Aye Thant (MNA)