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 […]

Low-cost housing project in Yangon struggles to secure water supply

Supplying water to the estimated 100,000 residents of a new housing development in Yangon could put supplies to the rest of the city at risk, the government has warned. Next year, the first 6000 of the 19,600 apartments now being built in the Ayeyarwun and Yadanar housing developments in Dagon Seikkan township will be offered […]

President cancels property projects near Shwedagon

U Zaw Htay, a director in the President’s Office, said the projects would not be allowed to continue in any form at the current site, though negotiations are ongoing. He said one possible outcome was that the government would agree to give the developers land in another area of the city. Late last night the […]

Yangon zoning plan in limbo as experts push for re-start

Yangon’s zoning plan is due for a restart after contentious discussions meant the process had ground to a halt, according to U Toe Aung, urban planner with Yangon City Development Committee. “The zoning plan was recently halted as we contended with foreign developers who wanted to build high-rises,” he said. Authorities may be hesitating on […]

More high-rise projects likely in Yangon suburbs, says MCEA chairman

Yangon’s outer suburbs are likely to become the preferred locations for high-rise residential projects because of high land prices and height restrictions near historic landmarks in the downtown and nearby areas, predicts a leading member of the construction industry. Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs’ Association chairman U Thar Htay said the areas where height restrictions applied were […]