Nay Pyi Taw looks to at­tract tourists by be­com­ing a green city

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­times.com

THE Nay Pyi Taw Coun­cil is set to ap­prove a five-year plan to trans­form the cap­i­tal into a green city, coun­cil mem­ber U Tin Tun told The Myan­mar Times.

The coun­cil aims to at­tract more tourists to the largely empty bu­reau­cratic cen­tre with eco-friendly mea­sures, he said.

“We want Nay Pyi Taw to be­come a tourist des­ti­na­tion be­cause it is sur­rounded by ad­ven­ture re­gions,” he said. “For ex­am­ple, the wa­ter­shed area of Nga­like Ceek can be ren­o­vated as an at­trac­tive place for tourists.”

The city needs to have clean air, clean wa­ter, green space and a wide range of bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity, he said.

Ex­perts from the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA) are pro­vid­ing aid for re­search on clean air and wa­ter mea­sures in Nay Pyi Taw and its vicin­ity, along the Bago moun­tain range, U Tin Tun said.

“The [JICA] team came and met with the Nay Pyi Taw Coun­cil chair to dis­cuss pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal aid,” he said.

There are cur­rently 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple in the city and the pop­u­la­tion will con­tinue to grow, he said.

“So, the qual­ity of air needs to be good,” U Tin Tun said. “And we need to con­sider build­ing an elec­tric train. In the next 15 or 20 years, the city will not be able to make im­prove­ments like it can now. We need to de­sign poli­cies to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment ahead of time.”

Fund­ing for the city’s greeni­fi­ca­tion will be taken from the Nay Pyi Nay Pyi Taw Coun­cil mem­ber Taw bud­get, al­lo­cated from the Union govern­ment’s fund, he said. Cur­rently, the pro­ject is es­ti­mated to cost K10 bil­lion (US$8.5 mil­lion).

U Myo Aung, the Nay Pyi Taw Coun­cil chair, told The Myan­mar Times on July 22 that he is on board with the green-friendly plans.

“Par­tic­u­larly, we want to im­prove Zabuthiri town­ship, but will also ad­dress other ar­eas,” he said.

He added that State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also wants to see green mea­sures un­der­taken in Nay Pyi Taw dur­ing the Na­tional League for Democ­racy’s cur­rent term in of­fice.

Though the mil­i­tary govern­ment had plans to make Nay Pyi Taw a green city and man­aged to lay the foun­da­tion, U Tin Tun said the eco-ori­ented vi­sion did not come to fruition.

Nay Pyi Taw, the mil­i­tary-man­u­fac­tured cap­i­tal, be­came the govern­ment head­quar­ters overnight at the end of 2005. Un­til 2012, much of the city was still un­der con­struc­tion, and em­bassies have so far stuck to their lo­ca­tions in the former cap­i­tal Yangon.

– Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

‘We want Nay Pyi Taw to be­come a tourist des­ti­na­tion ... It is sur­rounded by ad­ven­ture re­gions.’

U Tin Tun

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