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Mandalay’s pile driving industry to be regulated

Myitmakha News Agency

Mandalay, August 29 – the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC), the municipal governing body of Myanmar’s erstwhile royal capital, will issue pile drivers working on construction sites with official licenses, U Zaw Win, head of the committee’s Department of Buildings and Warehouses, told Myitmakha News Agency.

Licenses will reportedly be granted to groups involved with pile driving activities from the end of August, while the initiative comes as part of efforts to ensure more reliability for the public and more accountability of pile drivers, an activity with is crucial for the fundamental stability of a building. Legal action will subsequently be taken against those found to be operating pile drivers without licenses in the manner of current laws and by-laws.

“Those involved with pile driving on construction sites take off once they’ve completed their work,” continued U Zaw Win. “That’s why there’s a need for them to present which kinds of piles, and how many, they employed on a particular building site. In doing so, a record of pile driving groups will be complied. An absence of registered pile drivers means there’s a lack of accountability in the industry.”

According to the Department of Buildings and Warehouses, this is the first time the granting of licenses for pile driving activities has ever been carried out, with those in the industry having always conducted unlicensed activities before, subsequently also allowing them to circumvent the need to pay any tax.

“What’s lucky about Mandalay is that there are few building built through joint ventures; people build their own buildings so they can have complete peace of mind. Regardless of how reliable this might be, we’ll strive to arrive at a better system,” U Zaw Win added.

But licensed pile driving is not a new phenomenon for the rest of the country, with Yangon boasting licensed professionals for a long time. With the rolling out of licensed pile drivers in Myanmar’s second largest urban center, pile driver groups must reportedly secure the recommendation of the Engineers Council to be eligible for licenses, while soil must be checked by geologists and urban engineers as pile driving reportedly depends on the state of ground upon which a building is to be constructed.

A total of four individuals have reportedly applied to the MCDC for pile driving licenses so far, while there are approximately only around 6 individuals who operates pile driving machinery within the jurisdiction area the city’s municipal body.

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