Thiri Mingalar shut-down in focus
The shuttering of the car trading centre in Ahlone Township has drawn light on Yangon’s chronic traffic congestion and carpark shortages.
CAR brokers are lobbying for the government to provide an alternative compound at Mingalardon Township that is large enough and conducive for them to do business. This, after the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) ordered the Thiri Mingalar car centre in Ahlone Township shuttered on August 16.
In fact, plans for such a compound to be provided were already laid out two years ago, with little progress on that front. ‘’We have already appealed to the Yangon Regional Government to provide a single compound for car trading in Yangon at Mingalardon Township two years ago. To be sure, under the new government, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has said she will open a car trading compound in South Dagon Township. But business has yet to start after one year,” said U Aung Than Win, chair of the Automobile Trade Association.
Currently, there are a total of 21 car trading compounds with a combined inventory of 6,000 vehicles in Yangon Region. The compounds are open from 6am to 6pm and cars are driven to and from the various compounds each day, which adds to the city’s traffic problems. As such, having a single, centralised compound will help eliminate traffic congestion.
It will also help solve the city’s parking shortage problems. “Some car brokers do not remove their cars from a compound because they are worried that they will not be able to find another parking space later. That creates parking shortages for other vehicles