YCDC, MPA in dispute over park land ownership

Yangon – The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and the Myanmar Port Authority (MPA) are locked in a dispute over the land ownership of Seikkanthar Park which is included in the Asia World Project, sources say.

The 1.5-acre park is located in Kyimyindine Township.

Representatives of the Asia World company, officials from the western district development committee and the MPA met on March 31 to resolve the park dispute.

“The government transferred the park to us since 1996. We have documents to prove. The Asia World made some renovation work at the park in 2011-2012. But the park is public-owned property. People ask us to renovate the park for recreation. We will upgrade the park for recreation activities,” said Khin Hlaing, No.7 committee member of the western district development committee.

Although YCDC sent a notice letter three times and held talks with Asia World Company, it failed to end the dispute. The MPA posted a warning on a vinyl not to trespass into its land.

“We have come to take measurement of the park. We will submit it to the higher authorities and we will follow their instructions. We put up a fence around the park for almost ten years now,” said Kyaw Zin Oo, deputy manager of MPA.

“It is not concerned with us. We are a third party organisation. We will follow the instructions from the authority,” said Myat Kyaw, manager of the Asia World.

“Actually the land is owned by MPA. They assigned us to develop for the port. It is included in our project area so the port authorities can assign what they want,” he said.

The YCDC said they will not use legal matters to end the land dispute.

Khin Hlaing said, “If we sue them, it will take time. We will make them go away with municipal law. If they don’t, we will destroy things on the land. For instance, you can see that we took back our land. We drove them out using force. We may use the same tactic this time. If the common people intruded to live in our land, we have to drive them out in accordance with the municipal law. The land owned by city development committee is public-owned properties. We are doing for the public so we have the right to take back our land.”

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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