Ministry plans tender to renovate state housing
RUNDOWN government housing in downtown Yangon is to be upgraded according to the Department of Urban and Housing Development.
Director U Yu Khaing said the department would enter a joint venture with a private construction company to renovate the Lan Thit housing project in Lanmadaw township.
“The previous government upgraded two of the 11 buildings. We will now upgrade the other nine,” he said, declining to give a timetable for the work.
An invitation to tender will be issued soon. The renovated property, which is located at the corner of Pyay and Anawrahta roads, will include more parking space and retail space to help reduce local traffic congestion, he said.
The four-storey buildings, which comprise a total of 264 apartments, were built in 1951. Most of the residents are retired government staff, or relatives of the original tenants who moved in when the apartments were first built.
U Tin Win, the chair of the Lan Thit housing development committee, who has lived in the complex for 50 years, told The Myanmar Times, “Most residents have agreed to the upgrade, but we still have to discuss issues, including moving fees, rental charges during construction and the size of the apartments that will be allocated to us. We don’t yet know when construction will begin, or which company will be doing it.”
The lack of agreement could lead to delays. The residents participated in six rounds of negotiations with the former government over those issues, without reaching agreement.
“We want them to rebuild. Most people agree. The place is old and the roofs are leaking. But they’re still discussing removal costs and rents,” said one tenant, who asked not to be named.
– Translation by San Layy