19.8% back private Yangon garbage collection

About 80.2 per cent of the population of Yangon who were asked voted against the handover of garbage collection to private companies and for fee hikes, according to Mayor Hla Myint.

A proposal “urging Yangon regional parliament to adopt a systematic garbage collection service” was submitted by MP Dr Win Ko Hla from Pabedan constituency.

Seven companies submitted the tender to run the garbage collection service.

Zeya & Associates Co and TYTC Services Co won the tender, conducting surveys from May 18.

Only 19.8 per cent of people voted in favour of the new programme and it would only be implemented when people accepted it, the mayor added.

The companies say they will charge Ks1,600 per month in downtown instead of the Ks600 currently paid to the Yangon City Development Committee. Properties adjacent to the centre would apparently pay Ks1,400 instead of Ks450 and the suburbs would pay Ks1,200 instead of Ks300.

U Kyaw, a resident from Thingangyun Township, said: “I hardly see the garbage truck coming to my ward. I totally disagree over the handover of the garbage collection to private companies and increased fees. I voted ‘no’.”

Khin Hlaing Zawtika, a member of the YCDC, also expressed opposition to the handover.

According to the YCDC’s survey, the YCDC could collect the garbage fee from only 0.3 million out of more than 0.7 million households in Yangon, the mayor said.

Source: Eleven Media

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