In­de­pen­dent third party should ad­min­is­ter qual­ity checks on con­struc­tion

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A PRO­POSAL urg­ing the gov­ern­ment to use third par­ties to ad­min­is­ter qual­ity con­trols on pub­lic con­struc­tion projects was submitted and dis­cussed in Par­lia­ment on Novem­ber 1.

In Myan­mar, the rul­ing gov­ern­ment pro­poses the bud­get for con­struc­tion of pub­lic projects, which it also de­signs and over­sees. As such, some projects have failed to meet the ba­sic stan­dards of qual­ity, re­sult­ing in a waste of pub­lic funds, said Daw Yin Min Hlaing, MP of Pyithu Hlut­taw from Gan­gaw town­ship, Mag­way Re­gion

“As long as one party pro­poses the bud­get, de­signs the projects and also checks for qual­ity, con­struc­tion projects will never be able to meet proper stan­dards. The lack of transparency and con­flict of interest will not pre­vent the coun­try’s as­sets from be­ing wasted,” she said.

“That’s why we need a sys­tem where a third party can carry out the qual­ity checks in­de­pen­dently and re­spon­si­bly. In the past, the gov­ern­ment’s di­rect in­volve­ment in ad­min­is­ter­ing qual­ity checks and con­trols at con­struc­tion sites have also re­sulted in un­nec­es­sary cor­rup­tion,” she added.

The third party should also be given the author­ity to check pub­lic con­struc­tion projects as well as projects con­ducted by pri­vate busi­nesses. This is be­cause pri­vate devel­op­ers are usu­ally in­volved in the con­struc­tion of con­do­mini­ums and multi-storey build­ings, which have an im­pact on the liveli­hoods and as­sets of lo­cal res­i­dents, Daw Yin Min Hlaing said.

U Kyaw Lin, Deputy Min­is­ter for Con­struc­tion, told The Myan­mar Times that he agrees with the pro­posal, which will im­prove the qual­ity of pub­lic projects.

Of­fi­cials con­duct checks at the site of a pub­lic high-rise build­ing con­struc­tion in Yan­gon. Third party con­sul­tants should be hired to ad­min­is­ter the checks, MPS say.

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