Yan­gon govt backtracks on high-rise projects

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

Of­fi­cials will al­low the de­vel­op­ers of 12 sus­pended high-rise projects to re­sume build­ing as planned af­ter an agree­ment with Yan­gon’s chief min­is­ter.

YAN­GON of­fi­cials will al­low the de­vel­op­ers of 12 sus­pended high-rise projects to start work again, and have re­voked an ear­lier de­mand that some of the com­pa­nies knock down floors in their projects be­cause the de­signs were break­ing ur­ban plan­ning rules.

U Than Htay, head of the De­part­ment of En­gi­neer­ing (Build­ing) at Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee said de­vel­op­ers were told on Au­gust 21 they could re­sume work. This de­ci­sion was made by Yan­gon Chief Min­is­ter U Phyo Min Thein at a cab­i­net meet­ing last week, he said, af­ter de­vel­op­ers com­plained about an ear­lier or­der to change their project de­signs.

Fol­low­ing their com­plaints, Yan­gon’s mayor and the head of the highrise in­spec­tion com­mit­tee car­ried out a sec­ond in­spec­tion, U Than Htay said.

None of the 12 de­vel­op­ers will have to knock down floors they have al­ready built, but they need to com­plete their projects in ac­cor­dance with the terms they have agreed with the chief min­is­ter, he added, de­clin­ing to elab­o­rate fur­ther.

“We have told de­vel­op­ers they can con­tinue build­ing un­der the terms of their orig­i­nal per­mits, but some need to make changes in ac­cor­dance with com­mit­ments they have made to the chief min­is­ter,” he said yes­ter­day.

Ko Kyaw Kyaw, de­vel­oper of Sein Lae Aung condo, was told last month to cut the num­ber of floors in his project from 12.5 to six. He said he has com­mit­ted to build­ing more car park­ing and tweak­ing the project de­sign.

“We met with the chief min­is­ter and pre­sented some changes that we agreed to,” he said.

While YCDC has told de­vel­op­ers they will be able to re­sume work and will not need to de­mol­ish floors, com­pa­nies will not start work again un­til they have picked up an of­fi­cial let­ter from the office, he said. “We have heard that we will not need to cut floors, but will only be sure once we have the let­ter in our hands,” he said.

He said he wanted to thank the chief min­is­ter and mayor for lis­ten­ing to de­vel­op­ers’ con­cerns.

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