Dagon 2 changes mulled

The Myanmar Engineering Society has twice inspected the Dagon City 2 project, one of the five large projects that were temporarily suspended near Shwedagon Pagoda last month.

The society, an independent body of experts, is operating at the request Myanmar Investment Commission, looking at the effect the five projects will have on Shwedagon as well as other nearby sites following public concern about their impact on the landmarks.

Owners of at least two of the five projects say they have already received required approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission, and the current process is a re-examination.

The Myanmar Investment Commission has not yet officially directed any change to Dagon City 2, said U Thoung Htike Min, chair of Thu Kha Yadanar company. “That’s why we currently haven’t completed any changes.”

Thu Kha Yadanar is the sole owner of Dagon City 2 and a minority partner in the nearby but separate Dagon City 1 project, which is also affected by the pause.

U Thoung Htike Min said it is likely some changes to Dagon City 2 will be requested, particularly in the structures closest to Alan Pya Pagoda. If Myanmar Investment Commission directs some changes to the plan, the company will follow the instructions, he said.

“There will probably be changes but we will follow their directions,” he said. “The Dagon City 2 block may be moved back from Alan Pya Pagoda or the number of floors may be reduced.”
Government officials are awaiting the final report.

Myanmar Investment Commission director U Thant Zin Kyaing said the five projects are still being inspected, so there is no detailed outcome to announce yet.

There may be some changes coming, however.

“Inspection of these projects should be finished this month. After that, there will be an outcome and that outcome will be announced,” he said.

U Thant Zin Kyaing added the projects had already received Myanmar Investment Commission approval, but could not comment on the status of Yangon City Development Committee approval for the five project sites.

Source: Myanmar Times

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