K30b Request to Boost Yangon Power Approved

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A request of K30 billion from the special reserved fund, granted by Budget Law of the Union 2016, to be spent for supplying the electricity power shortage in Yangon Region during the summer season was approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on March 17 amidst complaints by some MPs about poor electricity conditions in their own regions.

The request was discussed by four representatives from Yangon Region, two from Chin State and one each from Sagaing, Magwe, Tanintharyi, Mandalay regions, Mon and Shan states.

U Kyaw Ni Naing, representative of constituency 11, Shan State and a member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), said, “The government should choose cost-effective techniques instead of buying generators. Then K30 billion which the government requested can be used for other purposes, like roads, bridges, schools and IDPs.”

U Myo Win, representative of constituency 8, Mon State and a member of National League for Democracy (NLD), said the electricity cost per unit in Ye township, which is his constituency, has ballooned to K450 because there is no more diesel support from the government.

According to the request to use the reserve fund, the government was going to subsidise about K2000 million for the people of Yangon, he said.

“Electricity generated for five hours in a night is 125,000 units. For one night’s operation, it will cost K21 million. For three months, it will be K1968 million.

“So, taxpayers and the people across the country will have to benevolently bear the cost of nearly K2000 million for Yangonites to comfortably overcome the hot summer with air-conditioners. I wish people in our town can enjoy such a benevolent subsidy from the government just once. We would like to recognise the benevolence of the State,” he said.
U Whate Tin, an Amyotha Hluttaw representative from constituency 11, Chin State, said that only six townships in Chin state had electricity, and electricity for the people in Chin State should also be taken into consideration.

U Ohn Khin from Palaw constituency, Tanintharyi Region, said his township had to rely on self-dependent electricity and the cost was more than K500 per unit.

“I read in the papers that the losses were previously over K900 billion under the tariff rate of K35 per unit. If more electricity is supplied by diesel and gas generators, what if the losses exceed K1000 billion.

“Taxpayers in the country will have to bear the losses. I think it is strange because even rural people, who have to pay K500 for a unit of electricity, are also liable to pay. In other words, it is like saying ‘While having one’s own meals, one has to look after uncle’s cows free of charge’,” he said.

 

Source: Myanmar Times

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