21 June 18 - The Yangon regional government has taken measures to strengthen cooperation among its departments to improve efficiency in serving the public, a senior regional minister said.
Daw Nilar Kyaw, region minister for Electricity, Industry and Transport, said her ministry is working closely with the Yangon City Development Committee in transferring electricity posts during road expansions.
"Cooperation between departments was weak before, but now the government is making the departments coordinate on all matters," she said.
The minister said that many electricity posts were blocking the roads before, as the YCDC built roads without moving the posts.
MP U Tin Tun Naing, representing North Dagon Myothit township, told the regional parliament that the different agencies in the regional government need to work hard on coordinating activities to not waste the taxpayers' money.
"For example, in building new roads or expanding existing ones, the road construction department needs to coordinate with the water pipeline department, electricity department and communications cable department to synchronise operations," U Tin Tun Naing said.
"If the situation demands extending the roads, electricity posts, wires, and pipes must be moved," he said.
He said if relevant departments can cooperate closely, electricity posts and water pipes can be installed in areas even before the roads are built or expanded in order to save money and finish the project faster.
"If the departments don't cooperate but act on their own, I am afraid that development projects would be like collecting frogs with a hole in your basket," U Tin Tun Naing said.
Minister Daw Nilar Kyaw said that among the measures undertaken by the government is that even before a budget is proposed for a project, all relevant departments must be involved in the planning.
When the work is carried out, the permission and comments of the departments concerned are solicited, she said.
Starting this year, if the development committee wants to pave or expand roads, it must coordinate with the departments concerned to move electricity posts and communications towers and instruct the township administrative office to oversee the work, Daw Nilar Kyaw said.
The Yangon government has been trying to improve the delivery of services to its citizens as the ruling National League for Democracy battles criticisms of failing to fulfill its campaign promises.
Source: Myanmar Times