Farmers decry confiscation of land for civil servant housing project

Farmers in a village in Dagon Seikkan township in Yangon decried the government’s decision to convert their 183 acres of farmlands into a housing project for retiring government workers. The lands were given to the farmers to plant crops by the government in 1997 under the name “Sein Lan So Pyay Yay” [meaning to be […]

Yangon to Mandalay Railway Back on Track

The railway linking Yangon to Manda­lay has been slat­ed to receive a series of large-scale, overdue reno­vations. With a loan from the Japan International Co­operation Agency (JICA), the 385 mile stretch of rail will be revamped to meet international standards and halve transportation times. U Myo Win, General Manager of Myanma Rail­ways, told the Myanmar […]

K30b Request to Boost Yangon Power Approved

​​ A request of K30 billion from the special reserved fund, granted by Budget Law of the Union 2016, to be spent for supplying the electricity power shortage in Yangon Region during the summer season was approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on March 17 amidst complaints by some MPs about poor electricity conditions in their […]

Mandalay to Auction off Fishing Lakes

​​ Mandalay is putting some 170 fishing lakes in the region under the hammer this coming budget year, according to the Fisheries Department. Head of department U Hla Win said the auction, either in April or May, would be conducted transparently when the new budget year starts, to prevent problems. He said previous auctions had […]

YRTA to Swap Buses for Car Import Slips

Yangon Region Transport Authority Group has devised a scheme that will see bus owners trade their old buses for car import permission slips, which they can then on-sell to car dealers who are currently unable to ship in new cars due to an import ban. The elaborate plan is part of the Yangon Region government’s […]

Thousands of buses sit idle as drivers flee traffic jams

Life on the buses is getting too hard, bus owners are warning. Drivers are leaving in droves, exhausted by the increasing congestion and aggression they experience, losing money because of reduced opportunities to pick up passengers, and aware of greener pastures elsewhere. All of this means more misery for the commuting public. Normally, drivers would […]

Women find a controversial niche on Yangon bus system

A bus owner who launched a revolutionary new concept to make customers happier and increase profits – hire only women as conductors – is contemplating breaking another barrier: training women to drive the buses as well. But even bringing on women conductors has proven controversial, with some questioning whether they would survive in the rough-and-tumble […]