Challenges to squatter registration project submitted to Yangon chief minister

A pilot project to register squatters living in Yangon Region was conducted on September 2 in South Dagon Myothit Township. The project reportedly faced many obstacles such as weaknesses in technological know-how and data collection techniques. “Since yesterday, we collected about 2,000 numbers. The number of squatters increased not because of technical errors but because […]

Sule Square Project Breaches Building Regulations, Says Inspection Committee

RANGOON—The High-Rise Inspection Committee (HIC) of Rangoon’s municipal body said that the Sule Square commercial complex includes two extra floors for which the developers do not have permission to add. Construction of the 23-floor structure is nearly complete. Aung San Win, secretary of the HIC within the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), told The Irrawaddy […]

New Chief Minister sets out to modernise Yangon

YANGON: The new Chief Minister of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, has defended making hardline decisions such as suspending some construction projects and tightening regulations against drinking establishments. Phyo Min Thein believes this will in fact help to establish more systematic processes to develop Yangon further. Under this Yangon administration, Phyo Min Thein has outlined several key […]

Axe Yangon bus routes: transport boss

Yangon has too many bus routes and the network must be reformed, according to Hla Aung, chairman of All Bus Lines Control Committee, on June 8. Around 357 bus lines are currently running in the city and Phyo Min Thein, Yangon region chief minister, said on May 22 that he wanted the number reduced. Hla Aung said good management was […]

Elected YCDC Members Say They Have Been ‘Treated Badly’

RANGOON — Elected members of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) rejected an order from Rangoon’s mayor to alter a regulation and effectively remove them from their positions before their terms had concluded. City mayor and YCDC chairman Maung Maung Soe released an order on Monday calling on the Rangoon regional government to “replace” Article […]

Rangoon Police take the ‘Night’ out of ‘Nightlife’

RANGOON — Nightclubs, karaoke lounges, massage parlors, beer stations and bars are being forced to shut their doors by 11 pm in Rangoon, according to Kyaw Naing, manager of Pioneer Club, a nightclub located in the Yangon International Hotel complex in Dagon Township. An employee at Family KTV, a karaoke parlor in Bahan Township, said […]

MP to raise question on frequent power cuts in Yangon

A question on the frequent power blackouts in Yangon will be raised at the regional parliament, said regional MP Kyi Pyar. “By May 9, I will have to submit this question to the parliamentary session, which is scheduled for May 18. I will raise a question about frequent power cuts,” she added. “People feel upset […]

Rangoon Firms Seek Fixes to Familiar Woes in Chief Minister Meet-Up

RANGOON — Reliable supplies of running water and electricity, as well as thousands of squatters, are urgent issues to be prioritized, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), an organization of influential businesses in Rangoon, told the division’s new chief minister at its meeting with him on Monday. The new […]

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 […]

New Chief Minister of Rangoon Looks to Improve Infrastructure

RANGOON — Rangoon’s new chief minister said Monday he will focus on using local and foreign investment to ramp up the development of infrastructure in Burma’s commercial capital. A lawmaker for Hlegu Township, Phyo Min Thein was appointed Chief Minister of Rangoon by the National League for Democracy (NLD) during a divisional parliament session on Monday. […]