Yangon aquar­ium re­ceives green light

The Myanmar Times - - Business - HTIN LYNN AUNG htin­lyn­naung@mm­times.com

YANGON’S first in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard aquar­ium re­ceived Myan­mar In­vest­ment Com­mis­sion (MIC) ap­proval ear­lier this week.

Myan­mar Aquar­i­ums Com­pany started build­ing the Yangon Eco­log­i­cal Aquar­ium in Kan­daw­gyi Gar­dens in May 2014 af­ter win­ning a ten­der the pre­vi­ous November, tar­get­ing a late2015 open­ing date.

But the US$15 mil­lion project hit a snag a month later when Yangon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion failed to grant the com­pany per­mis­sion to cut down trees at the 5-acre site.

The 20,000-square-me­tre aquar­ium will re­place the Fresh­wa­ter Fish Gar­den, which opened in 2005 on the same site.

It fea­tured two wa­ter­falls, a stream, 23 in-ground fish tanks and 24 glass fish tanks.

MIC sec­re­tary U Aung Naing Oo told me­dia ear­lier this week that when the aquar­ium is fin­ished, Myan­mar “will soon have a place to view beau­ti­ful fish, like in other coun­tries”.

The project’s de­signer, Sin­ga­porean con­sul­tant Sur­bana Jurong, had not re­sponded to a re­quest for com­ment yes­ter­day.

Its web­site de­scribes how the de­sign “blends in seam­lessly with the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, cap­i­talises on the spec­tac­u­lar view of­fered by the lake and boasts green fea­tures such as a green roof”.

Since the MIC was re­or­gan­ised by the gov­ern­ment in early July, it has ap­proved 13 foreign in­vest­ments worth $124.156 mil­lion, and nine do­mes­tic in­vest­ments worth $34.9 mil­lion and K79.378 bil­lion, U Aung Naing Oo said.

On July 31, in its most re­cent round of ap­provals, the com­mis­sion ap­proved three in­vest­ments: the aquar­ium, a gar­ments fac­tory pro­posed by Sewell Gar­ment In­dus­trial Com­pany, and a data cen­tre and wire­less in­ter­net ser­vices pro­posed by Marga Global Tele­com.– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

A woman walks past the site of the new aquar­ium in Yangon’s Bo­gyoke Park.

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