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New LED lights to brighten Yangon streets

The Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) will be solely responsible for maintaining all streetlights in the region and will change the current lights to more efficient LED ones, Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister for Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication, said on September 26. The announcement came as a response from Daw Thet Htar New Win, Member […]

New bridge to resolve Thilawa’s transport nightmare

INVESTORS in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Thanlyin residents now see the light at the end of the long tunnel, as a new bridge connecting the area with Yangon is scheduled to complete within four years. The new Bago River bridge, expected to become operational in 2021, will be built next to the existing […]

Property buyers eye Dagon land as owners sell for losses

For buyers interested in purchasing land or homes in Dagon, now could be a good time to take closer look at the property market in the area. Land prices in South Dagon have been falling even though property sales have been robust. According to Ma Cho New, a local real estate agent, sales improved after […]

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 […]

MIC permitted eight enterprises including four garment enterprises

Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) granted permission to eight enterprises including four garment enterprises, according to an announcement released by MIC. These permitted enterprises include manufacturing of garments under Cut-Make-Pack (CMP) system, manufacturing and marketing the corns, prawns and assorted snacks, sterilized, sweetened and condensed Milk, corrugated carton box and beautification corrugated carton box and cement, […]

Small industrial zones lack government support

Investment should be directed toward upgrading the country’s ageing industrial zones, as the government contemplates launching new ones, say Yangon industrialists. As the Yangon Region government and Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) mull the regeneration of the country’s industrial base, the owners of existing factories say more can be done to make them competitive. U Ko […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]