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 […]

Yangon Government Looks to Uber as it Sets Sights on Taxi System

​​ After whittling down the number of Yangon’s bus-lines last month, the Yangon regional government has unregistered taxis in its sights as part of efforts to decongest Yangon’s city streets. To curtail the increas­ing numbers of unregis­tered taxis in Yangon, the regional government is eyeing at a two-pronged approach that would see the creation of […]

Developers courted for role in Yangon project

Min Htein, the director general of the Urban and Housing Development Department at the Construction Ministry, said: “According to our master plan, the project includes 49 [18-storey] buildings. The government would greatly benefit from financial input from the private sector. “Through cooperation with development companies, we will be able to fulfil Yangon’s need for accommodation. […]

Japan investment to change the face of train travel in Yangon

YANGON – Tourists visiting Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, could be set to lose one of the star attractions of the former capital, as Japan invests in upgrading the railway which encircles the city. While the responsibility for upgrading the 46 kilometers of track which makes up the Yangon Circular Railway rests with Myanmar Railways, the […]

High-rise car parking and hotels to be built on Myanma Railway land

HIGH-rise car parking and hotel projects in Yangon will be implemented on the land belonging to Myanma Railway, it has been learned. Due to a scarcity of available land in Yangon City, a number of development projects will be conducted on the grounds of the Kyimyindine and Pazundaung railway stations which are owned by Myanma […]

UNESCO officer sees Yangon as prime candidate for listing

With the highest number of colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia, and its mix of historic and religious architecture, Yangon is a prime candidate to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to the organisation’s national project officer in Myanmar, Daw Ohnmar Myo. The presence of century-old colonial buildings and a rare combination of […]

Two bus lines partially suspended

Yangon bus riders are paying the price for two deadly accidents caused by reckless drivers earlier this year. Route numbers 51 and 57 were both partially suspended in response to the crashes, leading crowded lines to become only more cramped. The Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar-language acronym Ma Hta […]

Developers start applying for tender over new town plan

More than 20 developers have purchased tender application forms for the Yangon new town plan, according to Yangon regional government. “They just bought application forms; they haven’t applied yet. They have to apply for bidding by August 18,” said an official from the regional government. The application forms started selling on July 12, at Ks […]

Labourers to be Housed at Hlaingtharyar

A housing complex for labourers is set to be established in Hlaingtharyar in Yangon. U Myat Thin Aung, president of Hlaingthartar Industrial Zone, said that this housing complex is being established by the owners. The authorisation has been granted from the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development for land rental under a five year […]

Govt surveys Yangon bridge

A new bridge being planned for Yangon’s Kyeemyingdaing township could mean the difference between life and death for villagers on the other side. The Ministry of Construction has been working with a Japanese company in initial preparations for the 2700-metre (8000-foot) bridge, parliament heard on March 25. Deputy construction minister U Soe Tint told Pyithu […]