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Yangon Govt Minister Defends Paying K10-Bn for 200 School Buses

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More than 10 billion kyat had to be spent to purchase 200 school buses for Yangon city, said Nilar Kyaw, Yangon region minister for electricity, industry and transport.

“Of the over 6,000 million kyat handed over by the former All Bus Lines Control Committee (Ma-Hta- Tha), over 1 billion kyat was spent on giving cash awards to the committee staff, and the remaining 5 billion kyat was for purchasing the school buses,” he said, breaking down the expenditure.

“As the 200 school buses cost 10.5 billion kyat, another 5.5 billion kyat was provided by a private company which had partnered with the government when Shwe Latt Company was established,” said the minister at the 22nd-day session of Yangon Region Parliament’s regular question period.

The information came after Yangon Region MP Kyaw Zeya for Dagon Township Constituency No (2) questioned which fund was used to buy the 200 school buses.

Nilar Kyaw said as the company involved had failed to run the school buses due to losses, Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) would take over that responsibility.

The initial idea behind purchasing school buses was to reduce traffic congestion in Yangon, according to YRTA. However, the operation has been delayed and meetings held with owners of existing school ferries, parents and school officials.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

 

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