Apartments for Bo Ba Htoo Housing Project Go on Sale

Developers have started construc­tion on the sec­ond phase of the Bo Ba Htoo affordable housing project in Yangon’s North Dagon township, the Yan­gon City Development Committee has said. The project, which the Yangon regional govern­ment hopes will be com­plete in 2018, sits on just under 15 acres of land in North Dagon Township at the […]

Yangon Registers 25,000 Hlaingthaya ‘Squatters’

Yangon regional government has issued smart cards to 25,000 registered squatters in Hlaingthaya Township. The regional government has been collecting a list of squatters in the township in recent weeks. Township MP Myat Min Thu said: “We are still collecting the lists of squatters. The number of squatters in Hlaingthaya is expected to reach about […]

Domestic market needs to manufacture products made from water hyacinth

With a lack of techniques for transforming water hyacinth into value-added products and a small number of makers, the moribund business of water hyacinth products requires improvements to formulate a healthy domestic market, according to the Myanmar Forest Products Merchants Federation (MFPMF). There is already an export market for high-end products made from water hyacinths, […]

Taxis Push for Higher Fares on Fuel Price Rise

Taxi drivers are complaining that higher fuel prices are eating to profits because the public refuses to accept higher fares. The price of 1 litre of fuel has risen by roughly K100 in the last month, according to U Soe Min Myo, a taxi driver living in North Dagon. Fuel prices vary depending on the brand – […]

Yangon gridlock

Than Htwe lives in Hlaing Tharyar, a sprawling township 20 kilometers west of central Rangoon, but his job is downtown. Every morning he wakes up in the early hours, quickly downs a cup of tea and rushes to the bus stop at 6:30 so he can get to his workplace by 9 o’clock. He meets […]

Parking Fines Big Earner for YCDC

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has earned more than K11 million in fines from cars that illegally park overnight. If a car parks overnight in a place that is not its legally designated parking space, the owner can be punished according to the Municipal Acts, with fines ranging from K50,000 to K100,000, according to […]

Long-term real estate view needed in new Dagons

Investing in property in the new Dagon townships on the city’s outskirts must come with a long-term view, according to experts. The area is slated for the first of seven Yangon New City projects, and is also near other proposed but unbuilt projects such as the Hanthawaddy Airport, according to Daw Thuzar May, director of […]

Motorcycle repair shops dodge Yangon ban

More disconcerting, though, is the traffic. Motorcycles are outlawed from Yangon’s urban townships, markedly changing the manner of traffic in the city from the rest of Myanmar, and most of Southeast Asia. Yet there are a few motorbikes to be seen. Many are used for law enforcement, while some are driven outside the rules. To […]

Pioneering bus line forced to lay off staff as losses mount

A joint attempt by the government and private sector to solve many of the problems of Yangon’s traffic congestion is close to collapse. Forever Green Road Transport has fired 15 bus conductors, about 30 percent of its total, citing monthly losses. A spokesperson for the company blamed the lack of government support. The company – […]

Myanmar Govt Plans 30,000 New Affordable Homes in Yangon

YANGON — The Myanmar government’s housing department is planning to build 30,000 new low-cost homes in townships on the outskirts of the country’s largest city, an official said Wednesday. Moe Thida, assistant director of the planning division at the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development—part of the Ministry of Construction—said the department was putting […]