YCDC starts reg­is­ter­ing street-side ven­dors

Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee has launched a sur­vey to record names and lo­ca­tions of street sell­ers in a bid to clean the streets and cre­ate a more or­derly sys­tem.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - ZAY YAR LIN za­yarlinn@mm­times.com

YAN­GON City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee is hop­ing to im­pose or­der on the thou­sands of street sell­ers strewn across Myan­mar’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal. The com­mit­tee has started a city-wide ef­fort to record the names and lo­ca­tions of ven­dors, who will be is­sued with reg­is­tra­tion cards and could be forced to re­lo­cate.

Lo­cal city plan­ning ex­perts es­ti­mate there are around 5500 road­side sell­ers on the streets of Yan­gon. At present, ven­dors are more or less free to pitch up where they like, which is con­tribut­ing to traf­fic is­sues on the city’s al­ready con­gested thor­ough­fares.

YCDC ex­ec­u­tive board com­mit­tee mem­ber Daw Than Myint Aung said the new ini­tia­tive will des­ig­nate set places and times for road­side sell­ers to op­er­ate, and is de­signed to help Yan­gon be­come a cleaner city.

Ven­dors will be is­sued with reg­is­tra­tion cards, and some will be able to re­tain their ex­ist­ing spot, she said. “If some are based in places crowded with peo­ple and cars we will fix [a new place] for them.”

For ven­dors who will have to leave their cur­rent lo­ca­tion, suit­able places with ac­cess to wa­ter and mo­bile toi­let fa­cil­i­ties should be found, she added.

YCDC started record­ing venders’ names and lo­ca­tions from Septem­ber 22, which in­volves tak­ing pic­tures of both the seller and their stall, said Daw Than Myint Aung.

Down­town town­ships are be­ing given first pri­or­ity, as there is a lack of dis­ci­pline among down­town ven­dors who work on busy roads, she said. Sell­ers who work on roads and streets must not con­trib­ute to traf­fic prob­lems.

“We’re pre­par­ing a clean and healthy city,” she said. “There needs to be a sys­tem for fix­ing places [for road­side stalls].”

A YCDC of­fi­cial in­volved in the ini­tia­tive, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said the first lists are be­ing made for Lan­madaw, Latha , Pabe­dan, Kyauk­tada, Pazundaung and Bo­tah­taung town­ships.

Road­side sell­ers in those town­ships told The Myan­mar Times that YCDC had come to take their pic­ture, but had not given in­struc­tions on whether they would have to move.

“They took pho­tos with a board that had a num­ber,” said Daw Thuzar, who sells be­tel nut on Bo­gyoke Aung San Road. “I asked them what they are go­ing to do, but they said they weren’t ex­actly sure. But we heard that we will be move to Strand Road.”

The YCDC of­fi­cial said that once the lists are com­plete it will be up to the com­mit­tee to as­sess which ven­dors could con­tinue op­er­a­tion and which may have re­lo­cate.

City plan­ning ex­perts said that lo­ca­tions for road­side sell­ers should be set ac­cord­ing to fixed reg­u­la­tions to avoid caus­ing prob­lems on roads and train plat­forms. Po­lice Cap­tain Win Lwin also told The Myan­mar Times that sell­ers op­er­at­ing on roads were an is­sue.

“Road­side sell­ers are [one fac­tor] in traf­fic jams,” he said. “We need to solve the is­sue sys­tem­at­i­cally.”

Photo: EPA

A street ven­dor adds mixed to­bacco liq­uid onto be­tel quids at a road­side shop in Yan­gon.

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