Friday, November 4, 2011

Rangoon Region Assembly rejects motion for more water in Rangoon

Friday, 04 November 2011 14:46 Nyi Thit

Rangoon (Mizzima) – The Rangoon Region Assembly on Thursday rejected a motion to distribute more drinking water to the city.

The motion, submitted by MP U Kyaw of Thingangyun constituency, was rejected by 98 to 24 votes.
In a discussion, U Kyaw said that the drinking water distributed by the Rangoon City Development Committee to the outskirts of Rangoon was insufficient and he urged the City Development Committee to distribute more water.

A map of Rangoon Division.

“Most of the people in our township are poor. To get water, they have to wait until late at night, so they cannot sleep. Because of insufficient water there are health problems,” U Kyaw told the assembly.

In response to the motion, the Rangoon mayor said that Rangoon distributed 160 million gallons of water daily and there are plans to distribute more water.

“All MPs listen attentively. But when the motion was put into vote, it was supported by only 24 MPs. The military representatives and the USDP MPs objected,” a reporter said.

Rangoon Mayor Hla Myint said that the Rangoon City Development Committee distributes water from Gyophyu Reservoir, Hlawgar Reservoir, Phoogyi Reservoir and Ngamoeyeik Reservoir to 33 townships in the city and distributes underground water to the townships through pump-wells.

The second regular session of the Rangoon Region Assembly ends on November 8.  Speaker Sein Tin Win told reporters that the questions raised by MPs cannot be answered during the parliamentary session, but they can be answered after the session.

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