Vendors warned after freelicence resales
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.