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Yangon to build 200,00 units of low-cost housing

Low-cost housing projects totalling about 200,000 units will be built in Dagon, Hlinethaya and Shwepyitha townships in Yangon Region starting in December to provide homes for the increasing number of migrant workers, said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.

“There are a large number of people entering Yangon for job opportunities. We are planning to provide accommodation for them,” said the chief minister.

There is a need for about 100,000 flats in Hlinethaya and Shwepyitha and another 100,000 in Dagon.

“Only then will those arriving to work in Yangon have a place to live,” he said. “For this, we have made a rough plan.”

After land has been finalised, the Yangon City Development Committee will coordinate with construction companies to start the projects.

Saw Win Maung, deputy head of the Environmental Conservation and Sanitation Department of YCDC, said the city has expanded by about 160 square miles (414 square kilmetres) over the past 30 years and is now about 292.426 square miles. The Yangon area was 133.643 square miles in 1985.

According to the 2014 national census, Yangon has a population of 5.2 million. YCDC is managing 33 townships.

The Population Department has estimated the population of Yangon as of October 1 was 7,936,637 people.

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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