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Yangon govt plans to build about 10,000 apartments each for squatters in six townships

Yangon Region government is planning to implement housing projects for squatters with about 10,000 apartments each in four Dagon townships and Hlinethaya and Shwepyitha townships, said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein at a seminar on Slums and Informal Settlements in Yangon “The Way Forward” held at Summit Parkview Hotel in Yangon on August 5. “We […]

Low-cost housing problems at Yuzana

Apartments in the Yuzana housing project, a low-cost residential complex in Yangon’s Dagon Seikkan township, first went on sale to the public in March 2016. The project was developed by the Department of Urban and Housing Development (DUHD). Though apartments at the complex have been available for purchase and rent, many residents have complained about […]

Yangon inviting foreign help on housing

The Yangon Region government will invite foreign participation in efforts to build more affordable housing, said Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. The chief minister was speaking at a press conference to brief the media on the regional government’s progress after three years in office. “As Yangon has many industrial zones, many migrants workers are […]

Yangon Govt to Clear Squatters from Main Roads

YANGON — The Yangon Region government will take legal action against those who squat or do business without permission on main roads in Yangon. In response to a question by Twante Township lawmaker U Ne Naing Oo at the regional Parliament on Tuesday about the government’s response to squatters on main roads, regional electricity, industry […]

Facts show Myanmar doesn’t need Hanthawaddy despite govt’s obsession

The transport ministry is hoping to secure an Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) loan from Tokyo to resuscitate the failed Hanthawaddy airport project, according to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). However, the facts show that an airport 80km away from Yangon is unnecessary and that the focus should be on strengthening the infrastructure for the […]

Displaced Squatters Allege Fraud by Village Committee

YANGON – A group of displaced squatters in Yangon’s Hlegu Township have opened a fraud case against a 27-member Aung Yadana village development committee that sold them land already owned by the government, one complainant told The Irrawaddy on Monday. Police deputy Maj Maung Maung Oo of Hlegu police station confirmed that the case was […]

Myanmar Authorities Level Homes of Yangon ‘Squatters’ to Make Way For Residential Housing

About 200 Myanmar police officers and 1,000 hired hands on Monday dismantled 4,000 squatters’ homes and arrested five residents in a township in the commercial capital Yangon under orders from the regional government to clear the area for a high-rise residential project, local officials said. Authorities forcefully tore down the shanty town in Hlegu township […]

Myanmar govt suspends 68 projects, waiting for new administration

YANGON – The Thein Sein government has suspended 68 projects, including coal-fired power plants, mining and private sector deals, to allow the next government to manage the assets when it takes office, according to state-owned newspapers. The report was published shortly after MPs discussed an urgent proposal last week calling the government to scrutinise the […]

Squatters stalling Thilawa consortium: Mitsubishi

Squatters yet to be evicted by the Myanmar government at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone are holding back Japanese private companies from joining the Mitsubishi-led consortium that operates 49 percent, a Mitsubishi spokesperson told Mizzima on Thursday. “We are going to invite other companies to join the consortium and also we are going to invite […]