High-rise hopes

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - MYAT NYEIN AYE my­at­nyeinaye@mm­times.com

Devel­op­ers des­per­ate to re­sume high­rise projects are likely to re­ceive a ver­dict on whether con­struc­tion can con­tinue in the next few days.

AF­TER weeks of wait­ing the re­sults of Yan­gon Re­gion govern­ment’s first round of high-rise in­spec­tions will be re­leased to devel­op­ers in the next few days, ac­cord­ing to a YCDC of­fi­cial.

A spe­cially formed in­spec­tion team has fin­ished on-site re­views of the first 12 of 64 projects that re­ceived con­struc­tion per­mits un­der the pre­vi­ous govern­ment, but which YCDC then sus­pended in May.

The new govern­ment im­posed a city-wide con­struc­tion freeze on high­rise projects, which also in­cluded some 120 projects that had not yet re­ceived a full con­struc­tion per­mit, to make sure they cor­re­spond to Yan­gon de­vel­op­ment plans.

U Than Htay, head of the De­part­ment of Engi­neer­ing (Build­ing), said re­ports from the on-site in­spec­tion teams on the first 12 build­ings had been re­ceived. They will now be sent to the Yan­gon Re­gion govern­ment cabi­net, which will in­struct the YCDC De­part­ment of Engi­neer­ing whether they can re-is­sue per­mits, he said.

Once that has been done, on-site in­spec­tions on the other 52 build­ings will con­tinue, he added.

U Phyo Min Thein, Yan­gon Re­gion chief min­is­ter, had told par­lia­ment on June 16 that the govern­ment would fin­ish re­view­ing high-rise projects and start is­su­ing con­struc­tion per­mits within a week.

But the on-site in­spec­tions only started on June 21, and mem­bers of the in­spec­tion com­mit­tee and the in­spec­tion teams said there had been a lack of co­or­di­na­tion and in­for­ma­tion about how the re­view would be sched­uled.

Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, a mem­ber of the in­spec­tion com­mit­tee and sec­re­tary of Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, said pre­vi­ously that the in­spec­tion team re­ports cover many as­pects of con­struc­tion, from reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance to the opin­ions of lo­cal res­i­dents, which could be one rea­son the re­view was tak­ing time.

Con­struc­tion sec­tor of­fi­cials have com­plained that the freeze is hurt­ing the in­dus­try. Work­ers have been left em­ployed or with lower wages and devel­op­ers are wor­ried the de­lay could scare away for­eign in­vestors.

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