August 19, 2016

Botahtaung jetty project terminated over environmental impact

Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint.

THE construction of a multi-purpose jetty on Botahtaung Pagoda road in Yangon will be terminated due to its negative impacts on the environment, Transportation and Communications Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung said yesterday at the Pyithu Hluttaw.
The parliament was unanimous in accepting the proposal calling for an end to the project, with representatives raising concerns over potential navigational hazards and possible formation of sandbanks due to accumulated silt and sediment.
The project, intended to be implemented on 20 acres of land near the Bo Aung Kyaw bridge had won approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission, the union minister said, adding that its disadvantages outweigh the advantages.
The parliament overruled the commission’s giving of permission for the project, calling it unfit and risky, with U Aung Kyaw Kyaw Oo of the Hlaing constituency fretting that similar incidents in the future would cause potential investors to lose trust in the commission’s reliability.
“If investors find the commission unreliable, that will harm national interests,” he said.
The Kaung Myanmar Aung Shipping Company secured the deal for the jetty construction from the Myanmar Investment Commission under the previous government.
Recently, the parliament terminated the commission’s go-ahead for the construction of a private hospital on land near Yangon General Hospital.


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