Move for uniform standards in construction industry awaits enactment of law

Writer: 
Soe Min Htaik
A construction site in a township in Yangon Region.

Benchmarks for the construction industry across the country will become valid only after a law governing the construction management supervisory board is enacted, said Kyaw Lin, Deputy Minister for Construction.

Upper House MP Win Myint Chit had asked in parliament whether the Construction Ministry plans to construct to quality buildings in the future.

In reply, Kyaw Lin said: “The bill on the construction management supervisory board has been under draft. Upon completion, construction benchmarks will be the same across the country.

“The Construction Ministry is to inspect and supervise the buildings constructed with the use of state funds, but Yangon City Development Committee is to take responsibility for private buildings in Yangon.

“Mandalay City Development Committee and Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee will do the same in the areas they cover.

“The construction benchmarks are not the same in each place and that’s across the country. For that reason, the bill on the construction management supervisory board has been under draft. Then it must be submitted to the Union Parliament. If approved, all construction benchmarks will be the same across the country.”

Win Myint Chit asked a follow-up question in parliament on whether the Construction Ministry  plans to issue a transparent report to the public on the key points for the construction of roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, dispensaries and markets.

In reply, Kyaw Lin said: “The Construction Ministry is inviting tenders for the roads and bridges. The reports with cost estimates have to be submitted to the construction scrutiny committee for its approval. Our quality control teams are carrying out inspections. If people ask for facts and figures about projects, we will reply to them.”