Min­istry plans ten­der to ren­o­vate state hous­ing

The Myanmar Times - - Business - ZAY YAR LINN za­yarlinn@mm­times.com TIN YADANAR TUN tinyada­nar­tun@mm­times.com

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

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