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44th Session of 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw held with question and answer session and one proposal discussion

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THE 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw continued for its 44th Session today with queries being fielded from parliamentarians and the discussion of one proposal.
U Mg Mg Oo, parliamentarian of Insein constituency, questioned what arrangements were being made to fulfill the need for the availability of a 24-hour power supply in the locomotive factory and staff housing complex of Myanma Railway in Insein Township.
In response, U Thant Zin Maung, Union Minister for Transport and Telecommunication replied that it would cost K3.7 billion to supply 24-hour electricity to the locomotive factory and staff housing complex in Insein Township. The minister added, “To do so, as of the nearest fiscal year, a budget for the installation of transformer and its accessories should be submitted. It was learned that it would cost over K1.8 billion to provide a 24-hour power supply to the staff housing complex of Myanma Railway in Yangon Region. Depending on the budget allocation during the ministry’s tenure, the ministry plans to provide that power supply.”
U Wun Hla of Nan Yun constituency, Naga Self-Administered Zone raised a question as to when the installation of GSM-3G phone lines in Nan Yun Township and Pan Saung Don Hi sub-township would be finished.
The Minister replied, “In Nan Yun and Pan Saung Townships, 2 CDMA -450 MHZ mobile stations consisting of 750 lines each have been operating well whereas in Don Hi Township, one MPT Satellite Terminal mobile station has been set up. In Don Hi one GSM 3G mobile station, currently under construction, is expected to operate 3G mobile services by the end of December 2016. But, it will be possible only if new satellite towers have been built in substitution, in Nan Yun township and Pan Saung Sub-township. The ministry intends to provide phone and internet coverage services that will reach almost to the border areas by December 2018.”
U Than Nyunt of Phyu constituency tendered a proposal urging the Union Government to upgrade national rail transportation to a level consistent with international standards. The proposal was discussed by 13 MPs.
Concerning this, Maj Ye Naing Lwin, representative for the Tatmadaw, said that good rail technology is attributed to providing low cost transport with time accuracy. It behooves the country to urgently find solutions to the ministry’s annual losses in the rail transport sector, he said. With a view toward attracting investors from home and abroad, it is necessary to amend the Investment Law as well as rules and regulations for the benefit of the nation and its subjects, he added. The Major then stated his support for a budget allotted to building a better rail network in the country.
Afterwards, the minister proposed to record the proposal for the reason that it cannot be implemented within 5 years. U Win Myint, the speaker, announced that it would be recorded with the approval of the Hluttaw.


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