Tarmwe Mar­ket to be re­built

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

Nearly 22 years after it was moved, Tarmwe Mar­ket is set to be re­built into a com­plex that the re­gional gov­ern­ment says will make life eas­ier for sell­ers and shop­pers alike.

THE Yan­gon Re­gion Gov­ern­ment will re­build Tarmwe bazaar to cre­ate a more mod­ern fa­cil­ity for shop­keep­ers and a more com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ence for shop­pers, said U Maung Maung Soe, mayor of Yan­gon Re­gion.

“Tarmwe bazaar has been a tem­po­rary struc­ture for over 22 years since mov­ing from its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion, but it has not been up­graded or changed since,” he said. “This is why the re­gion gov­ern­ment has de­cided to re­build the mar­ket and we will in­vite com­pa­nies to sub­mit via a ten­der process,” he added with­out giv­ing a spe­cific date.

Tarmwe bazaar was es­tab­lished as a tem­po­rary mar­ket in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion on at Kyaikkasan Road in Tarmwe town­ship in 1994. Prior to that it was lo­cated near the cur­rent Tarmwe Plaza, but was forced to make way at the time for the plaza’s con­struc­tion. There are cur­rently 443 reg­is­tered shops in the cen­tre and some 761 street ven­dor shops. The new build­ing will re­place its cur­rent tem­po­rary struc­ture.

About two years ago, the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment had put the mar­kets re­build out to ten­der, said U Maung Maung Soe, but that had failed to ma­te­ri­alise be­cause the bid­ding com­pa­nies were not up to scratch.

“In the pre­vi­ous years, when we checked the de­sign of the mar­ket by some con­trac­tors, we don’t like it be­cause their de­sign is so sim­ple,” he said.

The gov­ern­ment was seek­ing a de­sign that en­cour­aged shop­keep­ers to move in­side the mar­ket, he said.

“We will change the Tarmwe mar­ket to be a high-quality build­ing, in­clud­ing car park­ing, stor­age places for goods of shop­keep­ers, and the mar­ket build­ing must be eas­ily kept clean,” U Maung Maung Soe said.

U Thein Myint, MP from Tarmwe town­ship, said the mar­ket up­grade would be just one fea­ture of im­prove­ments to the area.

Il­le­gal street venders and traffic would be eas­ier to con­trol once the new mar­ket is con­structed, he said.

“That’s why we as MPs have also been re­quest­ing to the re­gional gov­ern­ment to re­build or up­grade the mar­ket, be­cause it is al­ready old and we need a good-quality mar­ket for the town­ship,” he said.

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