July 08, 2017

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Mon State rock mill, dry river in Rakhine discussed at Amyotha Huttaw

Damage caused by a rock mill in Kyaikhto Township, Mon State and the rejuvenation of a dry river in Rakhine State were among the issues discussed at yesterday’s meeting of the Amyotha Hluttaw.
At yesterday’s meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw, replies were made to four questions, four bills were approved and one motion was put forward.
Major-General Aung Soe, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs replied to the question raised by U Hla Myint (a) U Hla Myint Than of constituency 11 in Mon State, “Regarding the case of harming nearby agricultural farms and not less than five monasteries due to the powder which came out of rock grinding mills owned by Taw Win Yoma Company in Motepalin village in Kyaikhto Township, investigations were made by the investigation committee under the leadership of township agricultural department formed by township general administration department. According to the findings of the investigation committee, Taw Win Yoma rock grinding mill was found that it has been situated near Yangon-Mawlamyaine Highway, residential areas and religious edifices.”
The Deputy Minister added, “At the advent of the construction, production volume was small, but at the time of inspection production volume became great and noisier. The powder which came out of the grinding mill made buildings in the surrounding area dirty, harming power transmission system due to 230 KVA power grid line covered with rock powders, nearby, it was found. Thus investigation results were submitted to the Mon State Cabinet describing that rock grinding should be made just at the production site instead of the present grinding place. Mon State Cabinet decided to suspend grinding after grinding the remaining 500 plots of rock, to report the situations of ground volume, to get permission after drawing up Environment Management Programme, for the State Electrical Power Corporation to inspect on the ground as to whether grinding areas are very near to grid lines or not, and to make the grinding area move to a safer place.”
U Kyaw Myo, Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications replied to the query raised by U Tet Tun Aung of constituency 2 in Rakhine State, “According to the inspection on the ground on 13th March 2017 by the department of water resources, rivers & creeks development, provided that a 2-mile-long river drying-up from the lower part of the village Kyaw Shwin up to the village of Thein Taung Maw can be dug up so that water flow will become better, allowing boats to travel up to 20 miles along the Kissapanadi riverine route. For this, after calculating detailed estimates, a deficit budget will be demanded in FY 2017-2018 balanced budget.”
Afterward, Major-General Aung Soe replied to the questions raised by U Maung Maung Latt of constituency 9 in Sagaing Region and U Myint Naing of constituency 5 in Rakhine State.
In addition, the Amyotha Hluttaw approved the bill on withdrawal of acts of failure of public accountants, as amended by Pyithu Hluttaw. And the third-revised bill on anti-corruption law was approved. Afterward, U Thein Lwin of constituency 10, Kachin State seconded the motion concerning gambling submitted by U Aung Thein of constituency 12, Bago Region.
The 27th day meeting of 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 5th Regular Session will be held on 10th July, it is learnt.

 

Thura Zaw
(Myanmar News Agency)

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