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