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Chinese company proposes new circular railroad for Yangon

Representatives from China Railway Engineering Co Ltd (CREC) have met with the Yangon Region government to discuss the possibility of constructing of a new Yangon circular railroad, U Than Naing Oo, a member of the Yangon Region Hluttaw’s Transportation, Communications, Construction and Industry Committee told The Myanmar Times. “CREC proposed two versions of the potential […]

Police arrest people for making, distributing fake foreign booze

Police have arrested three suspects who allegedly manufactured fake foreign-branded alcoholic drinks in two townships in Yangon, a senior police officer said. The suspects were arrested during a raid of houses in Htantabin and Mingaladon townships after receiving a tip from an informant about illegal activity in the area. During the raids, police officers seized […]

Regional Government Limits Drone Use in Yangon

The Yangon region administration department has banned the flying of drones in 16 townships to ensure the safety of aircraft landing and taking off at the Yangon International Airport. The order is effective since November 28, the agency said. People who violate the order can face up to six months imprisonment, a fine or both, the […]

Japan supports low-cost housing experiment

The Japan-Myanmar Association for Industry of Housing and Urban Development (UMHU) and Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on December 4 to run a trial on a low-cost housing project. “The trial process will be done with the money donated from Japan. Two buildings will be built in different types,” […]

Workers Demand Minimum Wage Increase

Around 2,000 workers staged a protest march in Hlaingthayar Township yesterday, demanding the immediate raising of the minimum daily wage to Ks 5,600. Members of the Myanmar Labour Union Network organised the protest in cooperation with workers from Pathein, Bago, Thanlyin, Mingaladon and Hlaingthayar townships. Hla Hla from the Myanmar Labour Union Network said: “We […]

Firms being selected for Yangon rail loop upgrade

Myanma Railways says it is selecting the firm to upgrade Yangon circular train system in the dry season. An anonymous source said: “The project is planned for about two years now with a loan from Japan. There will be three parts in the plan. First we will install a new signal system and the second […]

Bidding for Waste-to-Energy Plant Soon

The next energy plant which can recycle all waste and rubbish produced in Yangon will be built after calling for tenders, according to Dr Aung Myint Maw, Assistant Chief Engineer, Pollution Control and Cleansing Department of Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The cost for building the plant was equally shared by both governments while the […]

Farmers fence off government land

Farmers who have fenced off government-owned land in Yangon Region which they say rightfully belongs to them may soon be facing legal action, according to the regional Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development. On empty plots of land in Yangon that the government says it owns but that it does not use, farmers and […]

Upgrading the Rangoon Commute: Bus Rapid Transport

RANGOON – Two young women with metal milk cans run for the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) after hurriedly arriving at downtown Rangoon’s Lanmadaw Township station; the BRT bus had arrived minutes earlier and was pulling away from the stop. The driver gestures for them to proceed, where he waits. At peak hour, commuting to and […]

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 […]