Tarmwe Market to be rebuilt
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.