Friday, August 18, 2017

DRD will not be dissolved

The Department of Rural Development (DRD) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation will not be dissolved, although several of its construction projects will be transferred to the Ministry of Construction, U Tun Lwin, deputy permanent secretary of that department told The Myanmar Times on Tuesday.

“It is not true and it is impossible. There is no instruction to us,” he said.

He said several rural roads and other bridges (large scales) constructed by that department will be transferred under the responsibility of the Ministry of Construction.

The department was formed during former president U Thein Sein’s administration and put under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.

The DRD oversees the construction of rural roads and bridges, rural water supply, rural electrification, Emerald Green and public-focused projects.

The ministry is likely to take over some of the road and bridges construction projects, while the rest of the projects will be continued as usual.

The said department constructed 41 miles of concrete road, 52 miles of tar road, 217 miles of smooth gravel road and 312 miles of dirt road during the last fiscal year.

Shallow water wells, deep water wells, hand dug wells, underground water tanks, spring-fed water system, and some 2000 water supply projects were completed to supply water to rural areas. Over 140,000 households from 2707 villages were illuminated as part of the rural electrification project.

DRD’s Emerald Green project was also extended to 2107 villages in the last fiscal year, the report stated.

Translation by Khine Thazin Han and Swe Zin Moe