Res­i­dents of Py­in­mana be­moan bad park­ing habits

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

BUSTLING Botout Hein Street in Py­in­mana has be­come a con­ges­tion hot spot be­cause of “undis­ci­plined” park­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tors com­plain. It seems plans to speed the pas­sage of traf­fic along the crowded street have been lost in the shuf­fle dur­ing the tran­si­tion to a new city gov­ern­ment.

U Min Min Aung, who works in the city’s devel­op­ment com­mit­tee ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice, said ve­hi­cles dou­bleparked or left at ran­dom re­duce the ef­fec­tive width of the thor­ough­fare by half, from 30 feet to 15 (8 to 4 me­tres).

Cars, bi­cy­cles, trol­leys, mo­tor­bikes and tr­ishaws clut­ter the street out­side the lo­cal mar­ket, not to men­tion the pedes­tri­ans at­tracted by gold shops, food mar­kets, shops and show­rooms there.

Lo­cal el­der U Aung Cho said, “Cars have to drive down the mid­dle of the road be­cause of all the cars and other ve­hi­cles parked there. The pre­vi­ous deputy mayor promised to des­ig­nate proper park­ing spa­ces, but we’ve heard noth­ing more about that since the new gov­ern­ment came in.”

Of­fi­cials from the Py­in­mana gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice, town­ship po­lice, City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, Nay Pyi Taw road trans­porta­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion, town­ship fire bri­gade and town el­ders is­sue reg­u­lar ap­peals for more dis­ci­pline on the part of ve­hi­cle own­ers us­ing the street, said ad­min­is­tra­tor U Min Min Aung.

“The road is re­stricted be­cause of undis­ci­plined park­ing. The traf­fic po­lice clear the top of the road but they ne­glect the dou­ble-park­ing. It’s a ques­tion of ed­u­ca­tion. They think giv­ing a speech at a school can make up for a decade of bad habits.”

Sh­wechi ward res­i­dent U Khin Maung Zaw said, “I blame the ad­min­is­tra­tion. The ad­min­is­tra­tor from Min­galar ward has never been seen.”

– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

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