Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pyithu Hluttaw: Electrification for Kyaukpadaung and embanking the Mu River

 May 29, 2017
The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 5th regular session’s 5th day meeting was held at 10 am yesterday and replied to 8 inquiries, approved one report and put forward one motion and one report to the Hluttaw.

Dr Tun Naing, Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy, said they have submitted an estimated budget allotment of Ks3226.097 million to be included in the 2018-2019 financial year for building a 27 mile-long 66 KV power grid line and two 5 MVA electrical substations in the northern and southern parts of Kyaukpadaung Township. This was the answer to U Shwe Ko of Kyaukpadaung Constituency asking about the electric sector in his constituency.

Dr Tun Naing further stated they are working on including a 30 mile-long 11KV power grid line and thirty-seven 11/0.4 KV transformers in northern Kyaukpadaung and another 30 mile-long 11KV power grid line and sixty-five 11/0.4 KV transformers in southern Kyaukpadaung to be included in the National Electrification Plan and in the next financial year of the region’s government.

Next, U Thant Zin Htun from Dekhinathiri Constituency asked the government’s plan on rules and regulations for Committees for Adequate Lighting, the country’s development plans on electricity, supplying electricity to households in villages, and plans to abolish illegally linking lines to the power grid.

The Deputy Minister replied that on 17 June 2014, 12 of the 24 rules and regulations for Committees for Adequate Lighting were relaxed and that they are in accordance with the signed agreement for the committees.

He further stated there will be fines for illegal linking to the power grid and a temporary cut off of electricity for the perpetrators, and if similar incidents occurred again there will be permanent cut off from the power grid.

In the ten months from April 2016 to January 2017, 609 cases of illegally linking cables to the power grid were discovered and penalties amounting to Ks616 million were fined.

Dr. Win Aung from KhinU constituency asked whether there were plans for construction of retaining wall along the banks of the Mu River near KhinU Township. To this Deputy Minister U Kyaw Myo from the Ministry of Transport and Communications replied that their ministry has surveyed the banks of the river and have submitted proposals to the Sagaing Region government for preventing the erosion of banks in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Afterwards, Deputy Ministers Dr Tun Naing and U Kyaw Myo replied to questions concerning relocation of diesel stations to the outskirts of the city and on the electricity and transportation sectors which were asked by Hluttaw representatives from Taungdwingyi, Thanphyuzeyat, Kyaikmayaw, Puta’O, and Mindon constituencies.

Next, U Win Win from Minbu constituency put forward a motion to systematically package locally produced urea fertilizers and maintain their quality, and plans to sell it to farmers at an affordable price.

The Hluttaw approved the discussion for this motion and announced interested Hluttaw representatives can register their names for future discussions. An announcement was made on receiving the Inland Water Transportation Bill put forward by the Pyithu Hluttaw Draft Bill Committee, with no amendments from the Amyotha Hluttaw and a report on the Bill was read at yesterday’s Hluttaw meeting.

Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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