Yangon traffic jams set to get worse

With the arrival of the rainy season, Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, has become more muggy and humid. This is a huge challenge for Yangon’s transportation systems. As a city with 5 million people, the traffic conditions in Yangon are very similar to other major cities around the world: crowded and congested. Every morning, […]

Yangon chief minister vows corruption fight

The new chief minister for Yangon region U Phyo Min Thein has promised that his government will clean up corruption over its five-year term. U Phyo Min Thein, a National League for Democracy MP for Hlegu, was nominated yesterday by President-elect U Htin Kyaw and approved by the Yangon Region Hluttaw without objection. Speaking to […]

No easy break for Yangon’s bus system

A litany of woes besets Yangon’s buses, say owners and observers, and the situation is likely to get worse. Falling income, rising costs, staff shortages, police crackdowns, restrictions on fuel access, an ageing fleet and all-day congestion are conspiring to make bus travel in Myanmar’s largest city even worse. Bus owners who want to sell […]

Ambitious flyover dreams held back

As the opening date for the first of three new flyovers in Yangon nears, government officials admit they will not be a panacea to the city’s traffic woes, but say the government lacks the budget to build more ambitious infrastructure. The Kokkine flyover on Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, one of the city’s two main thoroughfares, […]

Second economic zone planned for 2016

A second central economic zone project (the Mindhamma project) will be implemented in Yangon in 2016, according to Yangon City Development Committee. Experts pointed out that the central economic zone should be separated from the city due to the population density and traffic jams in Yangon. The project will be built on a 37-acre site […]

Two Yangon flyovers to be built in 2016-2017 FY

Yangon Region Finance Minister San San Nwe, on behalf of the Yangon Region government, requested a budget to build two more flyovers in Yangon in the 2016-2017 fiscal year at the regional government’s special meeting on November 30. One flyover will be built on Kabaraye Pagoda Road and Parami Junction, and the other one will […]

Back-Alley Computer Geeks Are Hidden Winners of Myanmar Election

In a run-down building on a trash-strewn side street of oily vehicle repair shops and steamy noodle vendors, a group of 20-something software geeks are hunched over laptops in a white and red open-plan office, working on projects for everything from a private-jet operator to a mobile-phone network. “There’s just enormous, enormous amounts of opportunities […]

Gridlock forces new car policies

New car import policies are being considered as the number of vehicles competing for space on Yangon’s archaic road network threatens to get out of hand. The chief of the Yangon Region Government’s car parking analysis group, U Myint Cho, said that urgent action is needed and that the supervisory committee will reconsider existing rules. […]

Myanmar’s oil import infrastructure building picks up pace as demand rises

Myanmar is looking to build a slew of new oil storage terminals and jetties near its former capital Yangon as its small and ageing refineries cannot keep up with rapidly rising demand for refined products. The lifting of several international sanctions in 2012 has led to a sharp rise in cars being imported and sold […]

Striking bus drivers back behind the wheel – for now

The drivers were cajoled back onto their buses by owners, but many said they would launch further strikes unless fines are lowered from the new minimum figure of K30,000. However, some bus lines, including 235, which runs from North Dagon to Sule Pagoda, were still not operating yesterday, with buses remaining parked in their assembly […]