Residents of Pyinmana bemoan bad parking habits
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