Thiri Min­galar shut-down in fo­cus

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - AYE NYEIN WIN ayenyein­win@mm­times.com

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.

Park­ing prob­lems

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

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