Yangon jetty plan under fire

The Lower House will discuss a proposal urging the government to suspend the construction of a jetty project on a 20-acre plot owned by the Myanma Port Authority (MPA).

MP Tin Maung Win for Seikkan Township submitted that proposal, saying that round-the-clock container loading may shake Botataung Pagoda and would disrupt worship.

“The President’s Office gave the green light to the Kaung Myanmar Aung Shipping Company for the construction of the jetty in 2012. Later the Myanmar Investment Commission ordered the company to suspend the project. Bids were invited in newspapers in May 2015 but only two companies applied and Kaung Myanmar Aung won the tender. With the MIC’s permission, the company signed a contract in March and it is now planning to begin the project,” Tin Maung Win said.

In March, the MPA began digging sandbanks near Thanhlyatson after hiring a dredging vessel from Denmark for US$1.6 million.

The MP said there were six jetties in Yangon, which increased traffic jams with container trucks.

He said the area of Seikkan might disappear as Theinbyu shipyard expanded, with the number of Yangon townships falling from 45 to 44. “Jetty works are essential. But we should implement the project only after conducting a feasibility study and drafting a conceptual plan,” he added.

MP Nay Phu Ba Swe for Pabedan seconded the proposal.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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