Construction permits available online by 2014

YANGON — Land developers in Yangon will soon be able to apply online for construction permits as of early 2014, according to the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). Speaking at a workshop for One Stop Services and e-Government, Maung Maung Zaw, the head of the YCDC building department, explained their plan to take services online. […]

Yangon car horn-free zone a failure says traffic police

The government’s “No Car Horn Zone” launched ten years ago in Yangon City has failed, according to traffic police. Yangon is Myanmar’s commercial hub has growing reputation for noise pollution where drivers over-rely on their car horns to push their way through heavy traffic. Six main townships in the city were firstly designated as no-horn […]

Philips Links With Partners to Light Up Myanmar

YANGON — Dutch electronics giant Philips has teamed up with local partners to bring more of its products to Myanmar, as the brand looks to take advantage of the Southeast Asian nation’s growing demand for lighting. In a ceremony in the former capital Monday, the 120-year-old firm signed up with three companies who will distribute […]

Organic Thailand to generate electricity from garbage in Mandalay

Organic Thailand has been allowed to invest in a project for generating electricity from garbage in Mandalay, according to the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC). The 15-megawatt project is to be implemented in the southern part of the city. Its electricity will be distributed to the truck terminal, the crematorium, warehouses and water treatment plants […]

On World Toilet Day, Calls for Better Sanitation in Myanmar

YANGON —The state of toilets and sewerage in Myanmar should be improved both to attract foreign visitors and to improve sanitation, observers said. Tuesday is designated by the United Nations as World Toilet Day. The day’s slogan this year is “We Can’t Wait,” and the official website says the purpose of the day is “urging […]

YCDC officials deflect permit delay claims

The Yangon City Development Committee’s (YCDC) building department hit back at claims that it delays issuing permits and does so improperly, during an October 29 press conference. U Maung Maung Zaw, the department’s head, said nearly 50 percent more permits have been issued in 2013 than in 2012. ‘’In the 2012-13 year we issued 2024 […]

Zoning plans remain stalled

A zoning and land-use plan to protect heritage buildings and Yangon’s most important religious site, Shwedagon Pagoda, remains locked in endless rounds of discussions more than a year after the laws were proposed. Twenty Yangon townships have been earmarked for heritage protection under the as-yet-unwritten plans, a Yangon City Development Committee official said last week. […]