Independent third party should administer quality checks on construction
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.