Ve­hi­cle fees re­in­stated at Nay Pyi Taw’s Baw­gathiri bus sta­tion

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NAY Pyi Taw’s main bus sta­tion has re­sumed col­lect­ing tolls from ve­hi­cles that en­ter its com­pound. As of July 1, ve­hi­cles are be­ing charged from K100 to K1500 to en­ter Baw­gathiri High­way Bus Sta­tion, de­pend­ing on size. The sta­tion stopped col­lect­ing tolls in 2007.

The change was an­nounced by Nay Pyi Taw City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee’s Rev­enue Depart­ment. The low­est toll, K100, will be paid by tr­ishaws, with ve­hi­cles weigh­ing 5 tonnes or more, or pulling a trailer, be­ing charged K1500. Most mid-sized ve­hi­cles will pay K300 or K400. Mo­tor­bikes are not af­fected.

Be­cause many ve­hi­cles en­ter and leave the premises sev­eral times a day, each pay­ment would be valid for a 24hour pe­riod, said U Win Swe, chair of Nay Pyi Taw Su­per­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles on June 28. “Some ve­hi­cles go in and out three times a day, but need pay only once a day,” he said.

Ex­press coaches will pay K900. Ex­press line owner U Ko Ko Naing said, “This will cause prob­lems for ve­hi­cles us­ing the old road rather than the mo­tor­way. The driv­ers first have to go to the sta­tion to drop off pas­sen­gers, then to My­oma Zay be­fore com­ing back to the sta­tion. They do the same in the evening.”

Restau­rants, whole­sale cen­tres and car-wash ser­vices lo­cated within the Baw­gathiri com­pound are also likely to be af­fected. U Zaw Lin Than, a trans­port com­pany owner, said goods trans­ported from down­town to the whole­sale cen­tre could cost more. “All the goods are dropped off at the whole­sale cen­tres for dis­tri­bu­tion into the city. The price of load­ing and un­load­ing will rise,” he said.

The job of col­lect­ing the tolls was put out to ten­der on June 23 at the City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee of­fices in the sta­tion com­pound. Sai Htun Oo, owner of Maw Kham Nwam restau­rant, was se­lected from the eight ap­pli­cants. He will have to pay K235 mil­lion for the re­main­ing nine months of this fis­cal year, said U Zaw Lin Than, amount­ing to a daily fee of at least K870,000.

“Since they are in­vest­ing al­most K900,000 a day, they will need to take in more than that,” said bus owner U Ko Ko Naing.

The com­pound ac­com­mo­dates 96 bus gates, 210 whole­sale cen­tres, 36 restau­rants, 59 car ser­vic­ing work­shops and 10 car washes. On av­er­age, more than 500 ve­hi­cles en­ter the com­pound ev­ery day, said U Win Swe.

The bus sta­tion was one of the first build­ings to open in the cap­i­tal, but tolls were scrapped in 2007, ap­par­ently be­cause of a short­age of com­pa­nies will­ing to ten­der for the op­er­a­tion.

– Trans­la­tion by Emoon

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