Rangoon Chief Minister: ‘Public Support Is Our Strength’

RANGOON — When Phyo Min Thein was appointed Chief Minister of Rangoon Division in late March, the 46-year-old National League for Democracy lawmaker knew he would face multiple challenges, from deteriorating infrastructure to controversial development projects to foreign investment. The two-time political prisoner—who spent a total of 15 years behind bars—said that he learned perseverance […]

Upgrading the Rangoon Commute: Bus Rapid Transport

RANGOON – Two young women with metal milk cans run for the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) after hurriedly arriving at downtown Rangoon’s Lanmadaw Township station; the BRT bus had arrived minutes earlier and was pulling away from the stop. The driver gestures for them to proceed, where he waits. At peak hour, commuting to and […]

Sales in Yangon’s East North New City are ‘dreary’ say realtors

Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint told the regional parliament last June that the East North New City had been awarded first priority among the seven new city projects devised by the Strategic Urban Development Plan for Greater Yangon 2040. He stressed the importance of its location between the future Hantharwaddy Airport and Thilawa Port and […]

Yangon Region gas pipeline to finish up next month: MOGE

A new gas pipeline slated to supply Yangon Region’s power plants and factories will be complete in August, according to officials. Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise started construction on the 56-kilometre (35-mile) natural gas pipeline in October last year. “All construction on the gas pipeline, which is 30 inches in diameter, will be completed in […]

Yangon region govt proposes K8,000 billion city development plan

The Yangon region government has its local parliament for over K8,000 billion [US$8 billion] to develop seven areas Myanmar’s commercial capital. Yangon City Mayor U Hla Myint, speaking on behalf of the regional government, told parliament that urban development projects will be implemented in the eastern and southeastern parts of Yangon, as well as in […]

CNG refuelling station to open on Yangon’s outskirts

Vehicles forbidden to enter Yangon will now be able to refuel on the outskirts, the energy ministry has decided. In a May 22 statement, the ministry announced plans to open a filling station about 35 kilometres (21 miles) north of the city at Htaukkyant for vehicles fuelled by natural gas. More than 1 million cubic […]