Yangon gov­ern­ment gives green light for more high-rises

The Myanmar Times - - Business - ZAY YAR LINN za­yarlinn@mm­times.com MYAT NYEIN AYE my­at­nyeinaye@mm­times.com

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.

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