Yangon minister vows to tackle power cuts, traffic jams and squatting

Yangon’s new regional government will make tackling the city’s regular power shortages its top priority, the region’s minister for planning and finance has said. Myint Thaung put debilitating power cuts at the top of a list of three major challenges facing Myanmar’s commercial hub, with increasingly gridlocked traffic and squatting being the second and third […]

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 […]

Ks 1 bn earmarked for drainage system in 13 Yangon townships

The Yangon Region government will allot Ks 1 billion to improve drainage systems in 13 townships, including six downtown townships. MP Than Naing Oo from Pabedan Township said: “Our township administrator told me that Ks 1 billion will be allotted to install working drainage systems in 13 townships. The government will allot money to flooded […]

YCDC planner targets 30 percent parkland

It isn’t easy keeping Yangon green, what with the heat, developers’ voracious appetite for empty land, and the council’s lack of resources. But municipal officials say they are hopeful they can more than double the amount of green space in Yangon under a new zoning plan, taking the figure up to 30 percent. U Toe Aung, a […]

Yangon water supplies to outlast hot season, says YCDC

Yangon has nothing to fear from El Niño, city officials say, despite warnings that the weather phenomenon will bring drought to many parts of the country. Thanks to advance planning, the reservoirs that supply the city’s drinking water are 15 centimetres (6 inches) higher than they were this time last year, they say. U Myo […]

Yangon construction projects go unfinished

According to the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), an average of 500 buildings are permitted for construction every month in the city. However, the committee has no data on whether all of the permitted buildings end up being built. In 2015, the property market in Yangon slumped significantly compared to previous years. As a result, […]

YCDC postpones land auction indefinitely

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has postponed its land auction to a future unspecified date after facing a widespread opposition, reports say. The committee put up 74 plots in North Oakkalapa, Thingangyun, South Dagon Myothit, North Dagon Myothit, Dagon Myothit Seikkan, Thaketa, Yankin, Dawbon and Shwepyitha for auction in August. The plan, however, received […]

Epic state auction hushes market

The big sell-off has finally arrived. The Privatisation Commission, charged with auctioning state-owned enterprises, on February 13 released a list of 268 sites that will be sold off nationwide, with a final bid submission date of February 24. There are 157 properties in Yangon up for grabs, including many in Bahan, Yankin, Insein, Hlaing, Mayangone, […]

Real estate roller-coaster

After shooting up in 2013 and 2014, excessive speculation and political uncertainties combined are pushing down exorbitant rents Rental rates for luxury apartments in some parts of Yangon have been steadily declining since September 2014, while rates for basic apartments have remained stable, according to real estate market forecasts. “The rental charges in the real […]

No Booze Sales After 10pm for Convenience Stores

Township administrators have instructed 24-hour convenience stores in Yangon not to sell alcohol after 10pm, a senior police official said. The ward and township administrators will now join forces with the police to carry out surprise inspections to stamp out alcohol and beer sales after 10pm at stores. If found guilty, the authorities will process […]