Min­galar Mar­ket to open mid-Septem­ber

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com

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

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