The Pyithu Hluttaw agreed to hear the issue of pollution of drinking water in the Kandawgyi watershed area due to rubber plantations in Bago.
MP U Myint Oo submitted a proposal to revoke permission given to private businessmen to set up a rubber plantation in the watershed area of the lake because the activity has caused the fouling of the water.
In his discussion, U Myint Oo said five persons who were granted permission to establish a rubber plantation in 2011 on 730 acres in the watershed area cut down all the trees in the process of establishing the plantation.
The chemicals from the plantation flow into the lake and the water has been found to be not suitable for drinking, he said.
The lake was established in 1924 and since then has supplied about 1 million gallons of water per day to residents in Bago.
Yesterday’s meeting of the Pyithu Hlutaw also focused gold mining, safe drinking water management, protection of elephants and tourism development.
The parliament discussed the need for public information relating to the investments of over US$500 million from 2011 to 2016, which they said require transparency to ensure checks and balances on spending and disbursement of funds.
Regarding the protection of endangered elephants in Myanmar, the Union Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Ohn Win responded that the Myanmar Timber Enterprise and private sectors have been taking care of the elephant camps across the country.
The ministry has held workshops and seminars to seek ways for giving protection to both tame and wild elephants.
The Union minister has pledged to lay down a plan for opening a care centre for the old, invalid and baby elephants.
Members of the Parliament also discussed the Draft Law for Older Persons, which had already been approved and amended by the National Parliament.