YCDC aims to ease Ygn traffic jams by 30 per cent over six months

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is planning to ease traffic jams in Yangon within six months and will install modernised traffic lights in 154 places, according to the Roads and Bridges Department under the YCDC. The plan will be implemented by Myanmar Shwe Yin and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC). The traffic lights […]

Yangon too crowded

Urban development specialists say that the increasingly populated centre of Yangon is no longer suitable for more condominiums and offices with its narrow streets. Rapid urbanisation has meant the infrastructure could not support the demands of the rising population. “Ever since British rule, the size of roads was based on the number of inhabitants. Some […]

Over One Third of Yangon Traffic Lights to be Upgraded

Tenders will be invited to upgrade Yangon’s old traffic lights as part of the process to solve the business capital’s worsening traffic congestion and to better enforce traffic rules, according to an official from the auto regulatory body Ma Hta Tha. Some traffic lights in use in Yangon operate on the urban electrical grid, and […]

Govt to Push Left-Hand Steering Wheels on Future Car Imports

YANGON — The government plans to carry out a policy encouraging vehicle imports manufactured with left-hand steering columns, in an apparent effort to phase out their right-hand counterparts, which currently predominate on Myanmar’s roads and pose safety risks. Commerce Minister Win Myint told Parliament on Monday that the policy would take effect next year, though […]

Open roads: fighting the city’s traffic woes

As head of the city’s traffic police force, Police Lieutenant Colonel Linn Htut has one of the most unenviable jobs in Yangon. His 1000-strong staff are responsible for keeping the roads safe – and moving – in spite of grinding traffic jams, out-of-control bus drivers and inexperienced drivers, all on a relatively small budget and […]

Omni Focus to run BRT system in Yangon within three months

The Yangon region government is making another attempt to tackle the worsening traffic situation by contracting Omni Focus Co to run the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system on Yangon’s busy Waizayantar Road, where no bus line had operated previously, within three months, sources say. “We have permitted trial runs of the BRT system on Waizayantar […]

Jaguar aims for bite of growing premium market

BRAND-NEW Jaguars and Land Rovers will soon hit Myanmar’s streets, as the British automaker last week launched its first showroom and service centre in Yangon with its local dealer Capital Automotive Ltd, demonstrating confidence in Myanmar as a market for premium brands. Khin Tun, managing director of Capital Automotive, told Myanmar Eleven that it had […]

Burma to Allow Foreign Banks to Begin Some Operations Next Year

Ground clearance and basic infrastructure preparation work has begun on an industrial estate inside the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, said the Japanese Kyodo News agency. A ceremony marking the start was attended by Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation, Marubeni Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation plus nine Burmese business partners and Naypyidaw government representatives, said Kyodo. Mitsubishi, Marubeni and […]

Yangon industrial complex on way

YANGON – Construction on a joint venture industrial complex between Japanese and Myanmar companies has gotten under way in Yangon with an official ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremony. Upon completion in 2015, the industrial complex in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, about 20 km south of central Yangon, is expected to draw businesses involved in apparel, […]

Japan’s development loan to be spent on infrastructure and economic zone

Japan will lend over US$ 900 million for development projects this fiscal year to be spent on renovation and basic infrastructure in Yangon, as well as the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, according to an official from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans are long-term low interest rate loans advanced to developing […]