Bus com­mit­tee’s ex­pan­sion dis­puted

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­times.com

THE Nay Pyi Taw Su­per­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for High­way Bus Lines will more than triple in size, ac­cord­ing to the body’s chair.

The new com­mit­tee is ex­pected to ex­pand from its cur­rent staffing level of three mem­bers to 11, chair U Win Swe told The Myan­mar Times on Oc­to­ber 23.

“The in­ten­tion is to en­large the com­mit­tee. The com­mit­tee will be re­or­gan­ised with three mem­bers who will be di­rectly ap­pointed by the Nay Pyi Taw Coun­cil, with the other eight mem­bers cho­sen from high­way bus lines,” he said.

The or­der for the ex­pan­sion came from the Nay Pi Taw Coun­cil, but the plan is op­posed by both the com­mit­tee chair and the bus line op­er­a­tors.

U Win Swe called the ex­ten­sion an un­nec­es­sary waste of the com­mit­tee’s funds, not­ing that the cur­rent three mem­bers have no prob­lems car­ry­ing out their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. He added that he is no longer in­ter­ested in serv­ing on the com­mit­tee should the restruc­tur­ing pro­ceed.

U Myat Moe, owner of Kyal Zin Hein bus line, said he dis­agrees with the ex­pan­sion if bus op­er­a­tors will be re­quired to con­trib­ute ad­di­tional funds to the com­mit­tee.

‘’I don’t like it be­cause if there are more peo­ple, we will need to pay more money,” he said.

The Nay Pyi Taw Coun­cil in­structed the com­mit­tee to sub­mit a draft of the new struc­ture and it did so on Oc­to­ber 17. The coun­cil has yet to set a date for im­ple­ment­ing the restruc­tur­ing plan.

The cur­rent three com­mit­tee mem­bers were re-elected in June.

“I don’t know why they [the coun­cil] do not trust us,” said U Win Swe, adding that the com­mit­tee was au­dited for the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year.

Mem­bers of the Nay Pyi Taw Coun­cil could not be reached for com­ment about the pro­posed changes to the com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished in 2007 af­ter it was sep­a­rated from the Nay Pyi Taw Su­per­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for All Bus Lines, which fo­cused on the in­ner-city area rather than the high­way. More than 270 high­way buses are based in Nay Pyi Taw. Cur­rently, the com­mit­tee has more than K400 mil­lion in fund­ing.

– Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

Photo: Swan Ye Htut

A car en­ters the bus com­pound in Nay Pyi Taw.

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