December 02, 2016

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Land in Hlaing, dam in Shan State discussed by Union ministers

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A former playground in Hlaing Township and a dam in Shan State were among the issues discussed at the Pyithu Hluttaw session yesterday.
In response to a question raised by a representative, the Union Minister for Industry U Khin Maung Cho said yesterday that a plot of land in Hlaing Township leased to private companies by the Ministry of Industry will not be designated as a public place.
The land, which used to be a playground and park, is situated on Yangon-Insein Road and has been leased to two private companies, Planets Zone and Global Summit.
The lease is renewed yearly with 2 to 5 per cent higher rents per year with the rent added to government funds, according to the union minister.
The union minister refused to re-designate the land as public space, as it has been leased to the companies for ten years and the companies have not breached any provisions of the lease agreement.
The safety of a hydroelectric dam in Shan State was also discussed yesterday.
The Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu replied to a question raised by a representative from Tangyan, Shan State, saying that the hydropower dam in question is not a facility built by a people’s militia group but electricity has not been generated since then.
In addition, the dam can pose a danger to local people as the design is not correct and embankments are not strong enough and it is necessary that the dam stops storing water.
Therefore, the union minister said that the government cannot add a spillway to the dam requested by the representative.
The union ministers also responded to questions by other representatives including Daw Aye Mya Mya Myo, U Maung Myint, U Khun Maung Thaung and U Sai Ngaung Hsai Hein. Phythu Hluttaw Session also agreed to discuss a motion urging the government to confiscate land that are not used in accordance with rules and regulations and approved a bill amending the Myanmar Examination Board Law.

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