NPT allocates K1.9b for road repairs
MORE than K1.8 billion (US$1.5 million) has been earmarked for road and bridge repairs in the 2016-17 fiscal year for the eight townships comprising Nay Pyi Taw, according to U Tun Win, deputy minister for agriculture, livestock and irrigation.
“Total funding concerned with road and bridge repairs in 2016-17 by the Rural Development Department for Nay Pyi Taw is K1860.327 million,” he told lawmakers in the Pyithu Hluttaw last week, adding that township-by-township allocations were made on the basis of population, as was the total for Nay Pyi Taw relative to Myanmar’s 14 states and regions.
U Myo Zaw Oo (NLD; Lewe), a Pyithu Hluttaw MP representing part of the Nay Pyi Taw Council area, said an unpaved road there along part of the Bago mountain range was washed out by monsoon season rains not long after it was laid.
“The road was damaged in less than one year due to rains. Locals are facing many difficulties with transportation,” he said, calling for construction of a paved road to replace it.
The road, at more than 17 miles (28 kilometres) long, was built in 2015-16. Before that, locals largely depended on train travel, with its construction easing mobility for vehicle owners, the Lewe township lawmaker said.
The road connected the villages of Titpotepin, Minpyin and Dalantchoon, and four smaller villages located in the west of Lewe township, at a cost of more than K280 million.
But with a price tag to fully pave the road of nearly K1.2 billion, the MP’s request will not be carried out in full until the next fiscal year.
More than 10,000 people across the seven villages will benefit from the paved road once it is completed. Until then, they will continue to suffer negative educational, social, health and economic impacts, U Myo Zaw Oo said.
Locals say Lewe township, which was previously part of Mandalay Region, has seen economic development decrease since a road through it linking Yangon and Mandalay was replaced by the highway that now connects the capital to Myanmar’s two biggest cities beginning around 2006.