September 05, 2016

Pyithu Hluttaw hears answers to parliamentary questions by relevant ministries

P2Pyithu Hluttaw held its 26th day session yesterday, with Union ministers answering questions on transport and agricultural matters.
During a question-and-answer session, Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung agreed to transfer the management of the Punnya railway tunnel to the Ministry of Construction. But, the Union minister pointed out that the existing tunnel for rail traffic is unsuitable for serving as a road tunnel because traffic goes only in one direction.
Cranes cannot be brought in to clear possible traffic accidents in the tunnel and construction of new roads to the tunnel and bridges on the roads will be needed, added the Union minister.
Next, he responded to a question on measures for sustainability of Ngamoeyeik creek, saying that Sakura Trade Center Co., which  was granted permission to implement a housing project on an area of 8.99 acres by the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development, has been sued for not seeking remarks and technical assistance from the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems while building retaining walls.
Erosion control measures will take place at 25 locations on the creek as of next fiscal year and the ministry will develop long-term plans to ensure sustainability of the Ngamoeyeik creek, added the Union minister.
The minister then replied to a question about necessary measures against frequent flooding of roads and railroads in Kyauktaw Township of Rakhine State, promising that necessary measures will be taken starting the next fiscal year for roads and railroads which are submerged not only in Kyauktaw but also in other townships.
Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation answered questions about agricultural lending in Mon State and Bago Region.
Regarding delays in disbursement of agricultural loans to farmers in Thanbuyzayat Township of Mon State, the Union minister said that plans are underway to allow Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank to function under the Ministry of Planning and Finance as the bank has insufficient staff, causing delays in loan disbursements.
On the subject of agricultural loans for farmers in Bago Region, the Union minister said that loans are being provided to farmers who are clear of debt and have Form-7 certificates, a farmland work permit.
Next, the Union minister responded to a call for the return of land currently held by the ministry in Thasi Township to a village, saying that there will be a sound situation for existing settlers following adoption of policies covering the whole country in the future but it is impossible to give up the land at the moment.— Myanmar News Agency


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