Suu Kyi Opens NLD Government’s First Public Housing Project

​​ You’ll be forgiven if you’re skeptical about the latest pledge from Yangon’s electricity minister: she has said there will be no power cuts in the city this hot season. Any resident who has been tormented by mosquitoes while sweating in pitch darkness knows that city authorities have always struggled to keep the juice flowing […]

JICA Updates 2040 Plan for Yangon Development

​​ The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has handed over an updated version of its 2040 master plan for Yangon’s development to the region government, which is waiting until it has received a bevy of other plans from other agencies before deciding which recommendations to adopt. Yasushi Tanaka, the director general for JICA’s Southeast Asia […]

RFID to be installed in licensed taxis

The Yangon regional government ministry in charge of transportation will install an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) system in licensed taxis so that authorities can take action against unlicensed taxis that are operating in the Yangon region, it is learnt. “There are a total of over 80,000 vehicles running in Yangon, some with a permanent […]

Passengers Complain After Bus Drivers Raise Fares

Passengers expressed concern and displeasure during an impromptu gathering on Tuesday over unauthorised fare increases on the Yangon-Thanlyin bus line from Ks300 to Ks500. Bus drivers on the Yangon-Thanlyin line were allegedly demanding extra charges, which caused a tense situation yesterday that prompted Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister for Electrical Power, Industry and Transportation, an official […]

Developers push back on YESC power play

Dozens of construction firms sent a joint letter to the Yangon Region government challenging an August directive from the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation to install transformers on new buildings that use more than 30 kilowatts of electricity. The letter, dated September 28 and signed by 40 local developers, says that not all construction companies can afford to […]

Yangon authorities appear to backtrack over high-rise review

Yangon city authorities appear to have come down on the side of angry developers in the row over the suspension of 222 projects either under construction or at the planning stage. Following a city-wide review of project designs, the suspension was ordered because the buildings reportedly violated draft zoning regulations. However, the draft in question has yet […]

Yangon officials wind up industrial land review

The Yangon Region government has finished a review of land price speculation in the city’s 29 industrial zones, which ultimately aims to free up thousands of vacant plots to be developed into factories. Empty plots will be reclaimed by the government, before being re-allocated to companies that really want to build industries, said regional minister […]

More effort needed to tackle idle industrial land

A month after the first site visits to inspect idle industrial plots in Yangon, officials are warning there will be no progress in freeing up unused land without a special committee that has the power and resolve to revoke the leases of absentee owners. Yangon Region government announced in late May that it was turning […]

High-rise suspension drags on

Developers desperate to restart suspended high-rise projects in Yangon remain in limbo as a government review drags on. Members of the Yangon Region government committee tasked withconducting a final inspection on 64 buildings say they are still awaiting reports on the first 12, and will not continue inspections until those reports are in. The construction industry […]

Yangon govt targets ‘failing’ power firms

Regional officials say they will investigate performance at private electricity providers and if necessary, cancel contracts signed by the former government, as frequent power outages continue across Yangon and frustrations are vented through social media. Four private companies signed with the previous administration to supply power to the city. They are not performing as expected, […]