Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Difficult to control quality in construction sector: minister

The Union government is aware of the poor quality of construction works, but it is difficult to ensure private contractors meet the required standards, Minister of Construction U Win Khaing said in the Pyithu Hluttaw last week.

“We want roads and bridges of the highest quality in our country. We are aware of our country’s conditions. But if we implement quality control procedures by law, all businesses will stop,” he said on Thursday.

He said this in response to a proposal by MP U Than Soe Aung of Pyinmana township, Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory.

In his proposal, U Than Soe Aung urged the Union government to direct all Union ministries, regional and state governments, and self-administered zones or divisions to follow by the set rules and regulations for projects undertaken by contractors under the tender system.

The proposal was discussed by 14 representatives who raised the issue of low quality and substandard construction by contractors.

They said contractors cared only about their own profit. Thus, buildings deteriorate and collapse within a year or two after construction, which affected the Union budget.

The representatives also said contractors failed to follow the rules and regulations set by the government, and the competence of audit teams was unsatisfactory.

U Win Khaing said the department was not ready to implement quality control immediately although the shortcomings raised in the proposal were evident.

“There are a lot of drawbacks in the work procedures. We cannot deal with them one by one. The problems are linked.  If we want to solve one problem, we need to address the other problems too,” said U Win Khaing.

He added that the ministry, the Myanmar engineering society and contractors will cooperate to solve the problem, but they faced difficulties in implementing quality control guidelines although they have already been issued.


Translation by Swe Zin Moe