Asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered and two bills were discussed at the seventh-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw, held yesterday morning in the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall.
During the meeting, U Kyaw Htway of the Yangon Region constituency (8) raised a question regarding the Zaykabar Company’s non-compliance with the agreement terms made with the Ministry of Construction while laying the Hlinethaya-Dalla-Twantay-Kawhmu-Kungyangon-Dedaye road under the build, operate, transfer (BOT) system. Replying to the question, Ministry of Construction Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin said the construction contract for the 54-mile 7-furlong Hlinethaya-Dalla-Twantay-Kawhmu-Kungyangon-Dedaye road was granted to Zaykabar Company by the Ministry of Construction’s Department of Road, and after receiving permission from the Myanmar Investment Commission, an agreement was signed on 8 October 2013. From 2013, when the construction work was started, until 2015, before the tolls were collected under the BOT system, the tolls were collected under a tender system at the Panhlaing, Pyawbwelay and Kanbe gates. The tender fees were provided to the government, so there is no effect on the government. Of the 54 miles and 7 furlongs, Zaykabar Company had constructed the 11-mile and 1-furlong Hlinethaya-Dalla-Twantay section, the 3-mile and 6-furlong Twantay town detour road, the 9-mile Kanbe-Pyawbwelay-Dalla section, and the 17-mile and 5-furlong Twantay-Kawhmu-Kungyangon section, totalling 41 miles and 4 furlongs.
Of the 54-mile and 7-furlong section that Zaykabar Company is constructing under the BOT system, the 13-mile and 3-furlong Kawhmu-Kungyangon-Dedaye section has yet to be completed. The Ministry of Construction has not permitted the collection of road tolls for that section. For the remaining 13-mile and 3-furlong section, asphalt-concrete is being laid on the 5-mile, 3-furlong and 24-feet-wide Kawhmu-Kungyangon section. Further, seven bridges are being widened and an additional layer of asphalt is being laid on the 8-milelong and 18-feet-wide Kungyangon-Dedaye section. The company is being instructed to complete these tasks by the end of May, before the rains. If the company is unable to complete the work in the stipulated time, action will be taken against them, potentially resulting in the termination of the work. The Ministry of Construction will ensure that the company builds the road to the satisfaction of the representatives and the people of Kawhmu, Kungyangon and Dedaye, explained the deputy minister.
Questions raised by U Okka Min of the Taninthayi Region constituency (8) and U Myo Win of Mon State constituency (8) were also answered by U Kyaw Lin.
Next, a bill on industrial design copyright was discussed by U Soe Thein @ U Maung Soe of the Taninthayi Region constituency (10) and Dr. Pyae Phyo of the Ayeyawady Region constituency (7).
Later, a bill on trade mark copyright was discussed by Dr. Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State constituency (11), Naw Chris Tun @ Dr. Arr Kar Moe of Kayin State constituency (7), Dr. Pyae Phyo of the Ayeyawady Region constituency (7) and U Soe Thein @ U Maung Soe of the Taninthayi Region constituency (10).
The eighth-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw meeting is scheduled to be held on 29 January.
Aye Aye Thant, Myo Thu Hein (Myanmar News Agency)