Con­trac­tors to form in­dus­try body

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Yan­gon’s li­censed con­trac­tors are band­ing to­gether to form an as­so­ci­a­tion, partly in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee’s new rules and reg­u­la­tions for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

THE num­ber of li­censed con­trac­tors in Yan­gon has increased sharply in re­cent years, and with au­thor­i­ties ea­ger to make sure the con­struc­tion in­dus­try fol­lows strict reg­u­la­tions the city’s con­trac­tors are plan­ning to form an in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion that can li­aise with gov­ern­ment.

U Lar Sal, a con­trac­tor and owner of Tun Con­struc­tion Com­pany, is act­ing as spokesper­son for the as­so­ci­a­tion. He said the as­so­ci­a­tion’s main pur­pose would be to make sure build­ing projects are im­ple­mented prop­erly, and help con­trac­tors deal with prob­lems as a group.

The num­ber of con­trac­tors with a req­ui­site li­cence from Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee has shot up since 2011, and now num­bers well over 500, in­dus­try of­fi­cials said. The sec­tor is now at a stage where a level of co­or­di­na­tion makes sense, and there are al­ready sep­a­rate as­so­ci­a­tions for con­struc­tions entrepreneurs, engi­neers and ar­chi­tects.

“There isn’t a de­tailed mis­sion,” said U Lar Sal. “But the idea is that when con­trac­tors face is­sues they can help each other, and more­over we want to make qual­ity build­ings in Yan­gon.”

Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee is also try­ing to en­force new rules and reg­u­la­tions, and if there are any po­ten­tial prob­lems as a re­sult then the as­so­ci­a­tion can “stand up for con­trac­tors”, U Lar Sal added.

YCDC fin­ished amend­ing build­ing­per­mit reg­u­la­tions early this month, fol­low­ing a hugely con­tentious re­view of high-rise build­ing projects to make sure they were in line with ex­ist­ing rules. The new reg­u­la­tions have al­ready been shared with in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions and will be made pub­lic once they have been ap­proved by the Yan­gon Re­gion gov­ern­ment.

Some de­vel­op­ers banded to­gether to against YCDC and Yan­gon Re­gion gov­ern­ment at­tempts to im­posed changes on high-rise build­ings that had al­ready re­ceived per­mits from the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment. U Lar Sal told The Myan­mar Times the de­ci­sion to form a con­trac­tors as­so­ci­a­tion was not re­lated specif­i­cally to the high-rise re­view.

But the as­so­ci­a­tion – to be named the YCDC-Li­censed Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion – should be able to help Yan­gon au­thor­i­ties make sure the new reg­u­la­tions are fol­lowed prop­erly, he said. In pre­vi­ous years, YCDC was un­able to im­pose its rules ef­fec­tively, U Lar Sal said. The re­sult was low-qual­ity build­ings. He hopes new as­so­ci­a­tion can help pre­vent the same thing hap­pen­ing with the new rules and reg­u­la­tions.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is still in the early stages, with only a tem­po­rary com­mit­tee tasked with col­lect­ing mem­bers. U Lar Sal said there will be a meet­ing on Au­gust 31 to build up mem­ber­ship, and des­ig­nate an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

“It’s just a tem­po­rary com­mit­tee. It doesn’t mean we are reg­is­tered,” he said. “Once we col­lect mem­bers then we will reg­is­ter with the Yan­gon Re­gion gov­ern­ment.”

The plan is for the as­so­ci­a­tion to form a 30-per­son lead­ing com­mit­tee and an 18-per­son ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. Once those are in place elec­tions for chair, sec­re­tary and trea­surer will fol­low.

“We will form our as­so­ci­a­tion in ac­cor­dance with rules and reg­u­la­tions,” said U Lar Sal. “We will reg­is­ter to be an of­fi­cial as­so­ci­a­tion, hold a gen­eral meet­ing and show our poli­cies to all our mem­bers.”

Photo: EPA

Cranes stand out against early-morn­ing cloud in Yan­gon in June.

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