Build­ing per­mit in ques­tion af­ter col­lapsed hospi­tal kills worker

The Myanmar Times - - News - MYAT NYEIN AYE my­at­nyeinaye@mm­

A SPOKESPER­SON for Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee’s Depart­ment of En­gi­neer­ing con­firmed to The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day that the un­der-con­struc­tion hospi­tal which col­lapsed on Au­gust 13 lacked YCDC build­ing per­mis­sion.

“This con­struc­tion com­pany was build­ing with­out a per­mit from YCDC but it was built with the au­thor­ity of the Min­istry of Health’s Depart­ment of Med­i­cal Care,” said en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment head U Than Htay.

A T-steel beam and scaf­fold­ing fell when an ex­ten­sion of the Yan­gon Ear, Nose and Throat Hospi­tal in Tarmwe town­ship col­lapsed on Au­gust 13, killing a Dala town­ship man who was work­ing on the site. On Au­gust 15, the com­pany re­ceived a let­ter from the Depart­ment of En­gi­neer­ing de­mand­ing con­struc­tion stop.

The depart­ment will take ac­tion against the com­pany for work­ing with­out a per­mit and po­lice will take ac­tion on be­half of the worker who was killed. “When the depart­ment asked the com­pany to turn over some facts for the con­struc­tion per­mit, they did not care, and now, when their con­struc­tion site has an ac­ci­dent, they are fully re­spon­si­ble,” U Than Htay said. “So the depart­ment will take ac­tion against them for vi­o­lat­ing YCDC rules and build­ing with­out a per­mit.”

Com­pa­nies do not want to pay for a per­mit, he said, so they join with gov­ern­ment min­istries and ask for an ex­emp­tion. “We have this prob­lem when a con­struc­tion project joins with the min­istries,” he said. “They build be­fore they get a per­mit to get it done quickly and then they ap­ply later. The com­pany adding a build­ing to the Yan­gon Ear, Nose and Throat Hospi­tal project did not ap­ply for a per­mit when they started con­struc­tion in Septem­ber 2015 and they have not ap­plied as yet.”

Min Lwin Con­struc­tion and the Depart­ment of Med­i­cal Care signed a con­tract in Oc­to­ber 2015, us­ing bud­get money to con­struct two build­ings: an ex­ten­sion of Yan­gon Ear, Nose and Throat Hospi­tal’s five-floor build­ing, and a four-floor condo with two rooms for doc­tors.

Myan­mar En­gi­neer­ing Coun­cil vice chair U Aung Myint said the in­spec­tion com­mit­tee will re­view the com­pany, in­ves­ti­gat­ing its project en­gi­neer or project man­ager.

“We do not know the ex­act rea­son the build­ing col­lapsed but we will in­spect this case,” he said.

Min Lwin Con­struc­tion did not re­spond to re­quests from The Myan­mar Times for com­ment.

Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw

Fire­fight­ers re­spond to a cat­a­strophic col­lapse at an ex­ten­sion to the Yan­gon Ear, Nose and Throat Hospi­tal on Au­gust 13.

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