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March 02, 2018

Pyithu Hluttaw to discuss proposed suspension of jetty construction in Yangon

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THE Pyithu Hluttaw agreed to discuss a motion to suspend construction works on a 20-acre land plot situated between Botahtaung Pagoda Road and Bo Aung Kyaw Terminal in Yangon yesterday.
U Tin Maung Win of Seikkan Constituency who submitted the proposal told the Pyithu Hluttaw that sandbanks will form in the river along Strand Road in Botahtaung Township, thereby blocking the waterway for vessels if construction works continues.
Strand Road will be clogged with container vehicles, added the MP, raising concern that construction might harm Botahtaung Pagoda.
U Nay Phu Ba Swe who seconded the motion pointed out that the government will use a larger budget for dredging operations annually when the river has a narrower waterway due to the jetty extension.
Kaung Myanmar Aung Shipping Co Ltd is carrying out construction works on the plot of land owned by the Myanma Port Authority under permission from the Myanmar Investment Commission.
During the 39th day Pyithu Hluttaw session, Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung responded to questions regarding the licensing process for illegal motorcycles and action against smuggled vehicles in addition to a compensation plan for farmers whose farmlands were seized for Kyangin-Pakokku railroad construction.
On illegal motorcycles, seizure actions will be taken when a plan to relax licensing rule on illegal motorcycles is completed, said the Union minister.
On the compensation plan for 4,000 acres of seized farmland, compensations will be given to the remaining farmers following necessary arrangements, said the Union minister, adding that compensations have been paid for 1,018 acres.


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