Ma Hta Tha awaits green light to replace old buses

Despite the Yangon Region Chief Minister’s promise to be rid of old passenger buses that have been deemed unsuitable for Yangon city, an authority from Yangon’s public transport regulatory body said the plan had yet to be officiated. Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein has verbally agreed to remove the ban on 19 June at a […]

Yangon’s battle against unlicensed contractors

With more and more unlicensed contractors cooperating with landlords to build illegally in Yangon, local administrators say they are struggling to find ways to stop the unregulated boom in low-quality apartments. Yangon City Development Committee has been fighting a losing battle against illegal construction for several years, while new contractors continue to open unlicensed businesses, said U […]

Parliament opposition leaves two more flyovers in doubt

Two expensive flyovers budgeted for Yangon should be scrappedamid criticism over the portion of public funding dedicated to the projects, a parliamentary committee said yesterday. The outgoing region government earmarked K32.2 billion (US$26.1 million) forthe bridges, slated for the junction of Kabar Aye Pagoda and Parami roads, and North Okkalapa junction. But yesterday the parliamentary Finance, […]

YCDC to build sewage treatment plants across Yangon

THE Yangon City Development Committee will build sewage treatment plants throughout the commercial city in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Daw Khin Aye Myint of YCDC said: “The current sewage treatment system in Yangon is no longer able to treat sewage water. We will build sewage treatment plants near Yangon River, Bago […]

Two new overpasses to go up in Yangon

San San Nwe, the Yangon Region minister for finance yesterday said the Yangon Region government will build two overpasses in Yangon in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. While submitting the region’s budget bill at the first regular session of the second regional parliament, the regional finance minister said Ks 32.2 billion will be earmarked for the […]

Police told not to charge for clearance letters

Police have been ordered to provide criminal clearance letters free of charge, after a forgery ring was uncovered earlier this month in Yangon. The recommendations, which are mostly needed for job applications, are supposed to be given free of charge but officers often expect “tea money” in exchange for the letter. This widely understood practice […]

Shwedagon and Yangon cannot be divided, says forum speaker

Shwedagon Pagoda is the historical and cultural centre of Yangon, and if its character should fade, the character of Yangon will also fade away, said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, assistant director of the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development’s Urban and Regional Planning Division. If modern high-rise buildings are built close to the pagoda, […]

Government seeks private funding for BRT system

A public transport scheme that would provide an express bus service along 150 kilometres of Yangon’s main roads could be available within three months, transport chiefs hope. Known as “BRT lite”, the scheme is based on a plan drawn up in 2013 by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a Bus Rapid Transit system […]

Pioneering bus line forced to lay off staff as losses mount

A joint attempt by the government and private sector to solve many of the problems of Yangon’s traffic congestion is close to collapse. Forever Green Road Transport has fired 15 bus conductors, about 30 percent of its total, citing monthly losses. A spokesperson for the company blamed the lack of government support. The company – […]

Residents upset over YCDC crackdown

While constructing buildings without permits is a problem across Yangon, it has become especially prevalent in Thingangyun township. Yangon City Development Committee has singled out the township in eastern Yangon, and has promised to tackle the problem by levying penalties on those skirting the law. Some 796 building owners in the township have received warnings […]