Ven­dors warned af­ter freel­i­cence re­sales

The Myanmar Times - - Business - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­ Trans­la­tion by San Layy

VEN­DORS re­sid­ing at the re­cently up­graded area in­side Nay Pyi Taw’s Ahara Thukha Mar­ket have been warned by mar­ket ad­min­is­tra­tion that they will be li­able for ac­tion if they re­sell their li­cences, which were handed out for free by Nay Pyi Taw City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

In Au­gust ven­dors started mov­ing back to the cor­ner of the mar­ket called Nyaung Pin Kwin af­ter a K200 mil­lion con­crete re­fur­bish­ment was com­pleted. Prior to the up­grade, the rainy sea­son left much of the area muddy, forc­ing many fed-up ven­dors, most of them gro­cers, to move to the front of the mar­ket, by the whole­sale area. About 700 ven­dors were awarded free li­cences by Nay Pyi Taw City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee on re­turn, but a few have taken ad­van­tage of the no-cost pass and at­tempted to on-sell it to some­one else, ac­cord­ing to U Kyaw Zeya, an of­fi­cer of Aharya Thukha Mar­ket’s of­fice.

‘If they don’t want to sell at those places, they must give the places back to us.’

U Kyaw Zeya Mar­ket ad­min­is­tra­tior

“We ar­ranged the places for free of charge so that it’s con­ve­nient for both cus­tomers and ven­dors, but it is not for sell­ing again,” he said. “If they don’t want to sell at those places, they must give the places back to us, be­cause sell­ing the place again is not of­fi­cial.”

U Kyaw Zeya said ac­tion would be taken against those re­selling their des­ig­nated area, al­though he did not spec­ify in de­tail the con­se­quences. Buy­ers of the li­cences would be spared of any ac­tion, he added.

U Zaw Win, a green­gro­cer at the mar­ket, said fel­low ven­dors were aware that peo­ple were sell­ing their li­censes, but the ac­tiv­ity had slowed down when peo­ple heard that the mar­ket’s ad­min­is­tra­tion was in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“I have heard that the places of­fered free of charge have been sold on again,” he said. “This is bad. We don’t know who is sell­ing their places. The mat­ter has calmed down now af­ter the mar­ket of­fi­cer found out about it.”

Mar­ket ad­min­is­tra­tor U Kyaw Zeya urged any shop­pers or ven­dors with prob­lems in the mar­ket to con­tact his of­fice.

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