YCDC to fin­ish fi­nal high-rise in­spec­tions

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

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

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