Mandalay authorities demolish squatter huts

Squatters’ huts have been cleared away as part of plans to upgrade Circular Strand Road in Mandalay.

The village of squatter huts had stretched along the road, west of Ayeyar Tun ward in Chanmyathasi Township.

“We have been removing squatter huts since July 27 with the aim of upgrading Circular Strand Road to a six-lane one. We informed those squatters in advance. We are going to demolish all squatter huts along that road,” said an unidentified staff member from the Mandalay City Development Committee.

Workers from Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) and hired hands removed the squatter huts near Shwe Hlan Bo Park along the Ayeyawady River Bank from July 27-30.

The police force carried out security operations.

“The demolition process is expected to take three days. My house was demolished on July 30. They [authorities] had launched a squatter removal operation since July 27 without sending a warning letter or notice,” said retired solider Min Min, who lives near Shwe Hlan Bo Park.

“We stayed here for about three years as we had no place else to stay. For the three years, the authorities did not ban us. Although we applied to stay in an apartment building, we were rejected. We couldn’t get a room when the authorities drew lots for an apartment building. There are more than 1,000 squatter huts. If we did not demolish our huts, they [authorities] would remove the huts by themselves. Those squatters have slept in the rain. We would like to request the authorities to return back our substitution plot. There are many school-aged children.”

The Amarapura Urban Development Project, the Mandalay Business Capital City Development Co.Ltd (MBCCD) will upgrade the Circular Strand Road to a six-lane road, Zaw Ye Win, a spokesperson of MBCCD told the MCDC at a ceremony at the No.2 Wastewater treatment plant, which is being upgraded.

Source: Eleven

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