Ahara Thukha Mar­ket up­grade eyes Au­gust com­ple­tion

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com

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

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