Yangon to Run Quake-Resistance Tests

Yangon Mayor Maung Maung Soe said the city’s public buildings would be tested to see if they were resistant to earthquakes.  He addressed Yangon Region parliament on Thursday in reply to MP Thein Myint of Tamwe who raised a question on Yangon’s quake resistance.  The MP said: “Some buildings were not built in line with the law and quality standards that can withstand earthquake in the past 50 years. The authorities had flaws when […]

Yangon MPs Call for Crackdown on Shady Foreign Business Operators

The Yangon Region parliament is considering increasing scrutiny on foreign businesspeople who operate illegally. Parliament debated a proposal from MP U Win Maung (NLD; Hlaing Tharyar 1) on October 10 that would have the government take action against foreign operators of illegal businesses. Regional Planning and Finance Minister U Myint Thaung told parliament that such businesspeople will […]

Construction Projects by Rangoon’s Inya Lake Suspended

RANGOON — Multiple construction projects on the site of a public garden occupying a peninsula in Rangoon’s Inya Lake were suspended on Monday by city officials, and will undergo an investigation. The projects have faced criticism from the public, the media and urban planners, for misusing public space intended for general recreation, and have faced scrutiny […]

Developer Plans Lawsuit After YCDC Changes Design Plans

A Yangon high-rise developer says he is planning to sue Yangon City Development Committee for K50 billion (US$39.9 million) in compensation after YCDC instructed him to reduce the number of floors on a residential project. U Kyaw Kyaw Naing said he was informed by YCDC’s high-rise inspection committee (HIC) on October 6 that designs for […]

YCDC Threaten To Take Action Against Mya Kyun Thar Developers

Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has threatened to take action against those companies who do not cease construction and resubmit their proposals on developments at parkland beside the city’s Inya Lake. U Nay Win, deputy department head of engineering (building) at YCDC, told The Myanmar Times yesterday that YCDC had instructed firms working at Mya Kyun […]

YCDC to accept Sule Square fine

Yangon City Development Committee sent a formal letter to the developers of the Sule Square commercial complex yesterday, which will allow payment of a K2 billion (US$1.6 million) fine levied for building additional floors without permission. YCDC said late last month that although hotel group Shangri-La was willing to pay, the committee was waiting on […]

Kandawgyi Park helium balloon project garners objections

A ballooning plan to provide tourists with a bird’s-eye view of Kandawgyi Park may yet be deflated by lawmakers trying to jettison the proposal. Myanmar Voyages International Tourism Company said it has already secured permission to launch a helium balloon venture above Yangon’s Kandawgyi Lake. The chair of the company said the plan will help […]

YCDC compiles list of street vendors

The Yangon City Development Committee began compiling lists of street vendors in four downtown townships on September 22, according to an official from the administration department. “The covered townships are Kyauktada, Pabedan, Latha and Lanmadaw. The YCDC is compiling the lists of street vendors by taking photos,” he added. According to the YCDC’s data, there […]

YCDC eyes business district development in Yankin

A Yangon City Development Committee proposal to establish a business district in Yankin township has been met with mixed responses from local developers, with one firm suggesting the area is already too densely populated and would be better suited to residential development. As part of a Yangon city master plan drafted in partnership with the Japan International […]

YCDC Performs Final Check on 55 High-Rise Buildings

RANGOON — Rangoon’s high-rise review committee has performed the final check on 55 new buildings and is preparing to inspect a remaining 130 structures, U Than Htay, head of Yangon City Development Committee’s (YCDC) building department, told the Irrawaddy. Of the 55 buildings inspected from Sept. 8-9, 43 were approved and the developers of 12 […]