Yan­gon gov­ern­ment eyes south­ern sea­port

The Myanmar Times - - Business - MYAT NYEIN AYE my­at­nyeinaye@mm­times.com

THE Yan­gon Re­gion gov­ern­ment is look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of build­ing a sea­port in the south of the city as part of a plan drawn up with the help of the Korea In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (KOICA).

U Toe Aung, deputy head of Yan­gon City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee’s City Plan­ning and Land Ad­min­is­tra­tion Depart­ment, said the plan was part of the re­gion gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion of mak­ing Yan­gon a “sea­port city”.

Letkokkon town in Kungyan­gone town­ship has been sin­gled out as po­ten­tial site for the sea­port, al­though the gov­ern­ment is still at the stage of con­duct­ing a fea­si­bil­ity study into YCDC which area might be suit­able, he said.

“This is a vi­sion for the fu­ture of Yan­gon. It’s a long-term project,” he said. “So now it is just only at the study phase, and the re­gional gov­ern­ment is look­ing into the plan with the help of KOICA and the Min­istry of Con­struc­tion.”

The South Korean agency signed with the Min­istry of Con­struc­tion for sev­eral large-scale projects last year, in­clud­ing mas­ter plans for the north and south of Yan­gon and de­sign­ing a na­tional road network.

A re­gion gov­ern­ment spokesper­son con­firmed the gov­ern­ment has a plan for a sea­port, but could not com­ment on de­tails.

Such a project could turn south­ern town­ships into prime lo­gis­tics hubs, and help ex­tend and de­velop the south of Yan­gon in con­junc­tion with the South­west New City project, said U Toe Aung. The South­west New City ini­tia­tive, how­ever, is still un­der re­view by the gov­ern­ment.

“The idea is that these [south town­ship] ar­eas could help ships trans­port [cargo] into the city,” he said, but added that be­cause of how long the project would take, Yan­gon will con­tinue to rely on its ex­ist­ing down­town port for years.

‘This is a vi­sion for the fu­ture of Yan­gon. It’s a longterm project.’

U Toe Aung

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