Yangon government gives green light for more high-rises
THE Yangon Region government has decided another 45 high-rise projects that were under review can continue, but is taking a second look at another batch of 10, Daw Nilar Kyaw, Yangon regional minister for electricity, industry and transportation, told The Myanmar Times.
The 45 that have recently been cleared to continue are part of a group of projects that had only received a permit in principle under the previous Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), but had nonetheless started foundation work.
A spokesperson for the Yangon Region government previously told The Myanmar Times that there were a total of 78 projects with foundation work in place that were under review.
The government had been in the process of reviewing 55 of those, and has approved 45 to continue, Daw Nilar Kyaw said on August 22.
The other 10 are undergoing a second round of scrutiny, she added.
She said the government was looking at how the project land was bought and potential issues around vehicle entrance and traffic jams. “But apart from that things are going well,” she said.
The managing director of Shwe Zabu Deik Construction Company, which is building one of the 10 projects being re-checked, said he was waiting to be contacted by the government.
Daw Nilar Kyaw that all of the high-rise projects affected by the city-wide review that began in May would be able to restart soon.
But even developers that have been told by YCDC their projects can continue are finding it difficult to restart. Most want an official letter before getting back to work, and are struggling to re-recruit skilled engineers and workers and manage budget issues after the months-long freeze.
Once the inspection of projects with foundation work has finished, the government will turn to projects with a permit principle that have yet to break ground. U Than Htay, head of YCDC’s Engineering Department (Building), said on August 21 that there were such 130 projects that would be checked again.
The Yangon Region government spokesperson had previously told The Myanmar Times that there were 107 such projects to be reviewed. But the government has regularly provided conflicting figures and statements during the three-month-long review.