New Mingalar Market to Begin Construction in November

After suffering a devastating fire about one and a half years ago, the location of Mingalar market is now in a good condition to start construction for the new market, said Ko Kyaw Naing Htwe, representative of shopkeepers in Mingalar Market.

On May 18, a meeting took place between officials from Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and shopkeepers from Mingalar Market to discuss the design for the new market.

Last January, according to the YCDC order, the Association of Myanmar Architects (AMA) held a competition for designing the new market building-complex, and they have recently announced the winner.

U Thein Htay, an officer from the YCDC, explained that they will tender a contract to construction companies.

He added that the YCDC aims to complete the construction within two years.

“The design has been chosen and the design template will be used.

“The next step will be to tender for construction. The building will be 14-storeys high and there would be more commercial areas in the higher floors,” he told The Myanmar Times.

The original Mingalar Market was a four-storey building with more than 4000 retail shops.

“Now, the YCDC has said to us [shopkeepers] that we will get back our venues for our shops.

“Our retail shops will be on the first floor to the fourth floor, and others floors will be for commercial offices and will also cater for a shopping mall,” said U Thein, one of the shopkeepers who attended the meeting.

The design has allocated parking space on every floor, and has included safety precaution and fire prevention systems.

Construction will commence this November and shopkeepers hope that the project will be finished as soon as possible.

“After the market fire, we [shopkeepers] are struggling to make ends meet because the rebuilding process has taken such a long time.

“We could have set up shop until the market building is complete. Among all the shopkeepers, half of us are having very difficult lives,” said U Kyaw Naing Htwe.

 

Source: The Myanmar Times

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