Mingalar Market to open mid-September
WITH drains still being installed at the temporary replacement for Mandalay’s Mingalar Market, a Mandalay City Development Committee plan to relocate shop owners has been pushed back to mid-September.
The market caught fire in March, and initially the MCDC had it would begin moving shop owners from the streets into the temporary building starting on August 1.
“We can’t relocate shop owners now because construction of the drains needs to be finished,” an MCDC official said on August 22.
Drawings for the temporary stalls will take place in first week of September and shop owners can move into their stalls about 10 days later, the official said.
Three companies won the construction contract and will complete the work by their deadlines. MCDC is responsible for basic amenities, like drainage.
“The companies that won the tender for construction of the temporary market can work in accordance with their guidelines,” the official said. “But officials have to give more attention to the floods happening in Mandalay.”
The temporary market is being built at Mahar Nwe Sin Sport Field at the corner of 35th and 70th streets. It includes 600 stalls and MCDC has asked shop owners to sell the same things they were selling at the burnedout market.
“I do not want to talk about the delay in relocating to the temporary market because MCDC is more focused on the drainage system while the entire city suffers from flooding,” said shop owner U Tun Tun Naing.
“But now we are selling on the street, so people have complained that traffic jams happen as a result and that the street becomes dirty because of the vendors. So we wish to move quickly to the temporary market.”
– Translation by Zar Zar Soe