New bus stops to give Yangon much needed facelift

FMIDecaux has commenced construction of a slew of new bus stops in Yangon, U Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) said this week. The first of these bus stops, located near Myanmar Plaza, is already complete and open to the public. FMIDecaux, which is cooperating with the Yangon City Development Committee […]

Concern voiced over industrial pollution of Myanmar’s Hline River

Lab in-charge Dr. Aye Aye Win from Green Land Organization said that there was high content of iron in Hline River near Hlinetharyar and Shwepyithar industrial zones because of waste water released from these zones. “We found a high content of iron in the river water. And it is very muddy and contains a high […]

Government must do a better job managing the impact of growth on Yangon

As Yangon’s status as business and logistics hub of Myanmar grows, the regional government, expecting an influx of people and foreign direct investments, has unveiled grand plans to modernise and expand the city. Yet, many of the projects announced have been criticised for being poorly executed and lacking in contingency planning. Despite being allocated the […]

Yangon struggles to stem tide of trash

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) collects more than 2300 tonnes of waste a day from the business capital’s 5 million people, and the ever-increasing population of Yangon demands innovative and sustainable ways of handling its refuse. YCDC officials said they can only handle around 2000 tonnes of waste a day, which is disposed at […]

Prioritised sectors, new investment opportunities in Yangon laid out

At the Yangon Investment Forum on Wednesday, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein announced the five sectors his government intends to prioritise and in which Yangon welcomes foreign investments. U Phyo Min Thein said the trade, logistics, industry, public transport and energy sectors would be prioritised, adding that the Yangon deep sea port, development […]

Zay Kabar Co partners Chinese to develop one-stop bazaar in Mingaladon

Myanmar conglomerate Zay Kabar Company and Chinese developer Zhejiang Luding Investment Co have signed an agreement to jointly develop a bazaar in Mingaladon township. Designs for the project, which will involve the development of a wholesale and retail market, residential units and office buildings across 124 acres of land, have been submitted to the Yangon […]

Yangon provides timeline, details of new projects

The Yangon Region Government will this year commence development of several new projects including the construction of two new townships and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Yangon under the city’s Urban Development Master Plan. Among the projects slated for 2018 are two new townships – Kyee Myin Daing and Dala- as well as an […]

When Yangon is shaking

Is the former capital ready to resist a strong earthquake? Ko Kyaw Zin Latt lives on the 7th floor of a seven-storey building. On a normal day, he relaxes and enjoys the view over Yangon. But on January 12, he enjoyed the shakes instead. That day, an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale […]

Draft Municipal Law for Yangon Draws Fire from Lawmakers, Urban Planners

YANGON — Members of the Yangon Region Parliament condemned a new draft law for proposing to allow the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), the municipality’s governing body, to run business enterprises with tax revenue from the city’s 5 million-plus residents. The new draft of the Yangon City Development Committee Law was prepared at the request […]

Draft YCDC Law to drive Yangon growth submitted in Parliament

Yangon’s leaders want to upgrade and promote the city as a business hub for the country. Last week, its mayor, U Maung Maung Soe, submitted draft legislation for the governing and development of the city to the Yangon Regional Parliament. “The draft YCDC Law covers 32 sectors and has 398 sections concerning the development of […]