Farmers decry confiscation of land for civil servant housing project

Farmers in a village in Dagon Seikkan township in Yangon decried the government’s decision to convert their 183 acres of farmlands into a housing project for retiring government workers. The lands were given to the farmers to plant crops by the government in 1997 under the name “Sein Lan So Pyay Yay” [meaning to be […]

Union budget funds to go on housing projects in Ayeyawun and Yadana

Funds from the Union budget have been allocated to the construction of 11 residential buildings in Ayeyawun and Yadana. Eighteen other housing projects will be carried out in cooperation with private companies under joint ventures. The chairman of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association submitted a proposal to Vice-President Myint Swe that the government provide more […]

Myanmar’s First Private Pharmaceutical Factory Opens in Dagon Seikkan Township

Myanmar’s first privately owned pharmaceutical factory opened its doors in Dagon Seikkan Town­ship, Yangon on the third week of July. Located in Industrial Zone 1, Pacific Medi­cal Industries Limited’s (PMI) facility is a two-story building that in­cludes offices, a quality control area, and a mas­sive 16,630 square meter manufacturing floor. In an effort to relieve […]

Affordable Housing Projects Affected as Funds Dry Up

​​ In a serious blow to thousands of would-be home-owners, the construction of affordable homes in Yangon’s Ayeyarwon and Yadanar housing projects has been suspended because the money has run out, government officials say. Urban and Housing Development department director general U Min Htein told The Myanmar Times on December 6 that the government lacked the funds to […]

More Than 2000 Low-Cost Units to Go on Sale

More than 2000 low-cost apartments will go on the market next month as a wave of government construction projects nears completion, officials have announced. The Department of Urban and Housing Development said the three projects, in two Yangon townships, were being made ready for sale. “Sales of the 2208 apartments will begin in November,” said […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Low-cost apartments in Yangon’s Yuzana Housing to go on sale

  Apartments in a major low-cost housing development in Yangon’s Dagon Seikkan township will be sold to the public in the last week of March, with some units to be rented at subsidised prices, an official said yesterday. Yuzana Housing project is being developed by the Department of Urban and Housing Development (DUHD) near to […]

Ministry surveys Dagon Seikkan land for rental housing

The Ministry of Construction is surveying land in Yangon’s Dagon Seikkan township near Yuzana Garden City housing complex, with a view to building the city’s largest rental housing project to date, an official told The Myanmar Times. If the ministry deems the land suitable for development, it will call a tender for private contractors, said […]

Budget falls well short of low-cost housing needs

The budget for building affordable housing over the coming year will cover just a fraction of Yangon’s housing requirements, while low-cost housing units remain too expensive for those most in need of accommodation. In the coming fiscal year, the government has been granted K46 billion to build rental housing nationwide, which will cover the cost […]

Squatters: a challenge for the new government

The squatter problem in Yangon is growing day by day. The problem remains unresolved, despite the efforts of successive governments. In the 1990s, Yangon had 9,019 squatter households. According to figures collected in 19 townships in the Yangon municipal area, this number has increased to 43,985 today—about five times higher than in the 1990s.  Hlaingthaya […]