The majority of lawmakers recently voted down a motion seeking protection for people living on the side of to-be-expanded highways, AH-1 and AH-2.
The Construction Ministry plans to expand the highways’ width from 100 feet to 230 feet. According to Deputy Construction Minister Win Myint, the road boundary amendment was submitted to the Lower House on March 5, 2014 and it was approved by Parliament later. President Thein Sein endorsed the bill on July 24.
In the new motion, Lower House MP Myint Soe of Pyawbwe Constituency urged Parliament to prevent the eviction of people living on the roadside. The motion won only 125 votes, being opposed by 186 MPs. Nineteen MPs abstained from the voting.
Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann noted that motions should not contradict existing laws.
“Legal actions will be taken against people living on the roadside under the new bill,” said Win Myint.