Migrant workers whose homes were demolished to prettify the city of Mandalay in advance of the visit of the King of Norway last December are to be rehoused in low-income flats built exclusively for them.
Mandalay City Development Committee has announced that the 1440 flats, in 20 six-storey buildings, will be completed by October and let only to the migrants working at the Ayeyarwady River jetty. Construction began last week, U Thet Naing Tun, secretary of MCDC, told The Myanmar Times.
The flats are located on a 7-acre plot between 10th and 12th streets in Nyaung Kwe ward, Aung Myay Thar San township. Each flat will measure 20 by 10 feet, including toilet and shower room.
“We will collect the names of the workers to ensure that only they get access to these homes,” said U Thet Naing Tun.
“I’m really grateful for this housing. I hope all the workers on the jetty will be able to live there,” said Ko Min Lwin, a migrant worker on the jetty.
MCDC says the rent will be cheaper than the market rate.
The city forced about 200 residents to demolish their homes and move away from the bank of the Ayeyarwady River late last year, three days before the arrival of King Harald V and his queen, Sonja.
The king later said he was “very sorry” about the evictions and that it showed Myanmar’s reforms still had a long way to go.
Source: Myanmar Times