Bus ser­vice tar­gets bu­reau­crats in Nay Pyi Taw

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A NEW mini-bus ser­vice will make it eas­ier for civil ser­vants and vis­i­tors to get around the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, says U Aung Kyaw My­ing, chair of the Nay Pyi Taw Su­per­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles.

In Nay Pyi Taw, the city’s wide boule­vards and roads make trav­el­ling by car a breeze, es­pe­cially when com­pared to the traf­fic­jammed cities of Yan­gon or Man­dalay. But for those with­out their own ve­hi­cle, or un­able to rent one on a daily ba­sis, trav­el­ling any­where in the sprawl­ing city can be very in­con­ve­nient, and ex­pen­sive.

While there are some pri­vate bus ser­vices op­er­at­ing, along with taxis and tuk-tuks, civil ser­vants have com­plained that it is dif­fi­cult for them and their fam­i­lies to travel around the cap­i­tal, with a scarcity of bus ser­vices con­nect­ing to the hous­ing es­tates where they live. Pri­vate com­pany Taw Win cur­rently runs some ser­vices to civil ser­vice hous­ing, but they op­er­ate in­fre­quently as it is con­sid­ered un­eco­nom­i­cal to have fre­quent lines to the dis­tant hous­ing ar­eas.

As a civil ser­vant who asked to re­main anony­mous told The Myan­mar Times, the shut­tles cur­rently in op­er­a­tion con­nect the hous­ing es­tates to the gov­ern­ment’s of­fices, but travel any­where else, in­clud­ing to mar­kets and res­tau­rants, is a lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge.

“There are shut­tle buses for us to go to work but it is dif­fi­cult for our fam­ily mem­bers to go shop­ping. It is eas­ier if you have a mo­tor­cy­cle but we live in a high-rise apart­ment build­ing where it is not easy to keep a bike,” he said.

The new shut­tle ser­vice an­nounced by the Nay Pyi Taw Su­per­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles will run every 15 min­utes. There will be two routes – one run­ning re­turn from the My­oma Mar­ket to civil ser­vant hous­ing and the other run­ning re­turn from the mar­ket to gov­ern­ment of­fices. The cost from start to fin­ish on each di­rec­tion of the route will be K1500.

The Nay Pyi Taw Su­per­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles will have 12 ve­hi­cles servicing the two routes, which to­gether are ap­prox­i­mately 15 miles long. The es­ti­mated cost of run­ning the ser­vice will be K15,000 for each trip.

The com­mit­tee over­sees 277 high­way buses based in Nay Pyi Taw.

– Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

‘There are shut­tle buses for us to go to work but it is dif­fi­cult for our fam­ily mem­bers to go shop­ping.’

Civil ser­vant

Photo: Sup­plied

Fish­ing boats line Myeik’s Bo Cho Is­land with Lampi Is­land vis­i­ble in the back­ground.

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