Compensation for Yangon-Dala bridge to be paid this month

In an apparent effort to ensure good relations with local residents and avoid the problems that have dogged other development projects, local authorities have agreed to pay compensation in advance to people forced to move to make way for the Yangon-Dala Bridge. The committee set up for the purpose has announced that compensation will be […]

In Myanmar, local candidates want to fix more than potholes

YANGON, Myanmar — Municipal elections tend to hinge on issues like traffic congestion and trash collection — both of which are growing concerns on the aging streets of Myanmar’s fast-growing former capital. But Win Cho, a 56-year-old social activist and businessman, has a loftier agenda as he runs for a seat on the Yangon City […]

Yangon buses to get feminine touch

Buses in Yangon are to have female conductors for the first time, to improve the quality and safety of service, officials said on June 10. “We believe women are more suitable as conductors because they are more patient with commuters,” said Myint Aung, a senior official at the Road Transport Administration Department. The transport authorities […]

Myanmar to build the first of its kind car-park

YANGON-Yangon authorities are planning to build a multi-storey car-park in downtown to reduce traffic congestion, according to Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The car-park, the first of its kind in the country, will be a 15-storey building to be built in a land plot owned by YCDC. It will have the capacity of more than […]

New auto restrictions may have little impact on quality of imports

With traffic congestion in Yangon bad and road accidents even worse, experts and customs officials are worried that new rules aimed at deterring importers from bringing in old and potentially unsafe vehicles will do little to resolve the situation. Ministry of Commerce spokesman U Min Min told The Myanmar Times that beginning next year, the […]