NPT al­lo­cates K1.9b for road re­pairs

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­ – Trans­la­tion by Khant Lin Oo

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.

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