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Yangon govt seeks parliament approval for K8B road project

The Yangon government has asked the regional parliament to allow it to use K8 billion (US$5.25 million) of the money meant for construction of pedestrian bridges and investment in foreign banks for road development instead.

Regional Minister for Planning and Finance U Myint Thaung submitted the proposal to the Yangon Parliament on Tuesday.

“These projects should be implemented for city development,” Minister U Myint Thaung told parliament.

Last year, the Yangon government asked to use K2 billion to erect a pedestrian bridge at Htauk Kyant junction in Mingalardon township, but the proposal was rejected by the Myanmar parliament.

Yangon regional MPs described the proposal as a waste of money because people rarely use bridges.

The Yangon government wants to spend the K2 billion to build and develop main roads to link Yangon with Bago Region and Ayeyarwady Region, the minister said.

U Myint Thaung said they will use K6 billion to build asphalt and concrete roads in Yangon city as well as to maintain the wooden walkway at Kandawgyi lake.

“I respectfully present this for debate and confirmation by the MPs,” he said.

MP U Wai Phyo Han of Insein township said that he welcomes developing roads in the city instead of constructing a pedestrian bridge.

“I have no objection if the projects will be carried out and are indeed needed by the people,” he said.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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