YCDC to finish final high-rise inspections
THE Yangon Region government is hoping to finish the last batch of frozen high-rise projects this week – those that had yet to receive approval to begin construction under the previous government but which have nonetheless started building foundations.
Projects affected by a hugely contentious city-wide suspension on highrise building that began in May fall into two categories. There are those that received a construction permit and full approval to start work under the previous administration, and those that had yet to get the green light to break ground.
A Yangon Region government inspection committee has finished reviewing the 64 buildings that fall into the former category. That committee instructed drastic changes on 12 projects where the results were made public, and which were deemed to violate draft zoning plans.
The developers of these 12 projects are now contesting those results and have found support from a separate government committee convened to look into the issue.
Developers of the other 52 projects were reportedly told by the committee that no changes were needed, and their investments could proceed as originally planned.
There are another 158 buildings in a second group of projects that had a construction permit, but not permission to start work.
Developers involved in 107 of these showed a measure of restraint and had not started work when the construction freeze began. They can take their existing plans to Yangon City Development Committee’s Engineering Department (Building) and apply for a new construction permit.
But the other 51 projects already have some form of foundation work in High-rise inspection committee place, and their developers will need to await the results of an inspection. The high-rise inspection committee had finished reviewing 31 of those sites on August 1, and plans to finish the remaining 20 by the end of today, U Ye Min Oo, a spokesperson for the committee, told The Myanmar Times on August 1.
The results of these inspections will not be made public, but reported to the government, he said. The government in turn will direct YCDC’s Engineering Department (Building) to take action based on the results, he said.
Any developers unhappy with the results of the foundation inspection will be able to negotiate with the Yangon Region government and YCDC’s Engineering Department, he added (see story below). The high-rise inspection committee is only responsible for reporting problems, not taking action, he said.
The committee is inspecting the 51 foundation sites using the same rules it relied on for the review of the initial 64 buildings in various stages of completion, U Ye Min Oo said. Details on exactly what these rules are have been scant, however, and businesspeople have criticised what they see as a lack of transparency.
Members of the inspection committee previously told The Myanmar Times that their review includes examining the impact the project might have on the surrounding area and community, in addition to checking structural issues.
YCDC is working on the draft of a new land-use zoning plan started under the previous government, and aims to finish the draft in September, U Ye Min Oo said.
Some of the rules being followed by the inspection committee will become official policy under the new zoning plan, he added.
Earlier policies and regulation failed to anticipate Yangon’s rising population, he said. If the region government was to continue to apply those old policies, Yangon would face difficulties, he said.
U Ye Min Oo also suggested that the zoning plan will be the last word in the acrimonious debate over which building projects are, or are not, legitimate.
“[After the policy is announced] there will be no arguments,” he said. “All problems will be solved by this policy, which will include all the rules.”
– Translation by San Layy
‘YCDC is working on the draft of a ... zoning plan started under the previous government.’
U Ye Min Oo