Ahara Thukha Market upgrade eyes August completion
VENDORS from the Ahara Thukha Market will move to back to their old location after the completion of a K200 million concrete paving project, according to the Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee.
Market department head U Min Lwin Soe said the upgrade should be completed within the month.
“It is about 95 percent complete but the concrete machine is having a little difficulty because of the rain,” he said. “There are about 750 vendors who do not have a set place to sell their goods because of the mud. Most them are greengrocers.”
The old location at the corner of the market, called Nyaung Pin Kwin, turns muddy every rainy season. Twoand-a-half years ago, the vendors had enough of the mud and moved to the area in front of the wholesale market. The relocated stalls caused congestion so market officials told the vendors to return to their old location at the corner of the market. But every year when their allotted corner turns to mud in the monsoon, the vendors are back selling vegetables in front of the wholesale centre.
In July, the Ahara Thukha Market Administration Office decided to fill the old corner space, Nyaung Pin Kwin, with stone and ash. After that job was complete, they told the vendors to move back. But with the rains came the mud once again.
This time, the vendors moved across the street from the wholesale centre, but requested a more permanent solution. Some vendors signed a petition letter, asking their fellow vendors to protest the muddy conditions.
“Thirty of the 700 vendors signed the protest petition,” U Min Lwin Soe said. “There are no more than four or five motivators persuading the 30 vendors to sign. There are only four or five people who are not satisfied among over 700 vendors. But we are carrying out the upgrades to make things convenient for them.”
Vendors submitted their complaint and so the Market Department persuaded to members of Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee and the mayor to make the K200 million upgrades from funding outside of their budget.
The newly paved area, Nyaung Pin Kwin, will be 477 feet in length and 282 feet wide and the plan is for each vendor to have an 8-foot-by-8-foot plot, U Min Lwin Soe said.
But from now until the repaving wraps up, vendors are stuck finding
‘There are only four or five people who are not satisfied among over 700 vendors. But we are carrying out the upgrades to make things convenient for them.’
U Min Lwin Soe
Nay Pyi Taw Market Department their own ways around the mud.
“I once sold groceries on the side of the wholesale centre,” said greengrocer U Hla Maung from Kin Poon Tan village in Pyinmana township. “Now the City Development Committee is placing us in Nyaung Pin Kwin. It is muddy in rainy season. So we are selling beside the road in front of Kin Poon Tan Market because buyers don’t want to come to the muddy place.” Oo