Friday, August 18, 2017

YCDC rep tries name-and-shame to improve city roads

Engineers responsible for road works should be prominently named so that they can be identified in the event of future deterioration of the work, a newly elected member of Yangon City Development Committee has urged.

U Khin Hlaing, who was elected in December as a city-level executive member of the committee from the western district, told The Myanmar Times on February 4 that the practice could help reduce initial construction costs and the need for repairs later on.

“The identity of the road-builder will be noted. If the road deteriorates, we can find the name of the engineer who built it, and make him repair it free of charge. There won’t be any beating around the bush,” he said.

U Khin Hlaing said he planned further reforms. “Later on, we will publish the names and phone numbers of contractors, as well as the cost estimates, so that the people can know everything.”

U Tin Sein, an elected district-level member for the western district, said he believed the proposal was “a good system”. “It might help improve the quality of the roads,” he said.

Despite repeated requests from The Myanmar Times, no one from YCDC’s Engineering Department (Roads and Bridges) would make themselves available to comment on the plan.

U Khin Hlaing said he was also investigating the cost and quality of road-building and repairs going back to 2010, and had requested township-level members to provide him with the necessary data.

He said the policy could be introduced without mayoral approval because elected YCDC members have “management authority” under the YCDC Law.