We look at what happened to a bold but disruptive review of Yangon’s highrise buildings by an administration promising a new era of transparency.
May 14: YCDC announces projects nine storeys and above with a permit in principle must stop for a review.
May 16: The region government decides to extend the review to 64 buildings with a permit and permission to start building.
May 20: The review begins by examining plans for the 64 buildings. May 23: Stop letters are sent out to developers on 12 of those 64 buildings. June 21: High-rise inspection teams begin visits to the 12 buildings.
July 2: The Yangon Region government decides at a cabinet meeting not to conduct on-site inspections of the other 52 buildings.
July 13: The results of the 12 on-site inspections are released and developers are instructed to make severe changes.
July 22: YCDC announces the review of the 64 buildings has finished, and makes public the decisions made at the July 2 cabinet meeting.
July 29: Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe inspects three of the 12 projects instructed to make changes and rescinds the orders.
August 21: YCDC announces that the decision to demand serious changes on the 12 buildings has been revoked by Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein