Nay Pyi Taw Baw­gathiri bus fee re­duced

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­

PLANS to protest new ve­hi­cle en­trance fees at the Nay Pyi Taw Baw­gathiri High­way Bus Sta­tion have been tem­po­rar­ily post­poned.

Bus line own­ers had planned to demon­strate against the fees, which went into ef­fect on July 1, but those fees have been dropped.

The fees had been set at K1500 for buses but were re­duced to K900 on July 3, U Ko Ko Naing, a bus line owner, said. “It’s been re­duced by K600,” he said, “so the sit­u­a­tion is calm now.”

The rate, set by Nay Pyi Taw City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, in­cluded buses in the clas­si­fi­ca­tion for ve­hi­cles over 10 tonnes. Oth­ers ar­gued that it should fall un­der the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of ve­hi­cles over 5 tonnes.

Things may be calm but the city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee and the com­pany that won the con­tract for the sta­tion were meet­ing to dis­cuss the rates on the morn­ing of July 4, a source close to the com­pany said. “In the reg­u­la­tions of ten­der con­tract, the en­trance fee is set at K1500,” the source said. “But yes­ter­day the com­mit­tee re­set the fee at K900. There weren’t any ne­go­ti­a­tion with us. They set it them­selves.”

Nay Pyi Taw Su­per­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles high­way bus chair U Win Swe said that it has al­ready been set: Buses are clas­si­fied as over 5 tonnes, not 10. “I have the pa­per,” he said.

The city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee never ex­plained the new fee struc­ture to all the ve­hi­cle own­ers but the de­tails of the con­tract have been posted in the news­pa­per since June, a com­mit­tee of­fi­cial said.

The ten­der was se­lected on June 23, and the in­cum­bent ten­der win­ner was se­lected out of eight con­tenders. He won the ten­der for K235 mil­lion for the re­main­ing nine months of the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year.

The bus sta­tion col­lected en­trance fees un­der the mil­i­tary govern­ment but they stopped in 2007 with an aim to in­crease us­age.

Bus line own­ers say they’re watch­ing the sit­u­a­tion closely and will protest if nec­es­sary.

– Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

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