New night mar­ket in the works for Yan­gon

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

Aim­ing to pro­vide a fa­cil­ity of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards that will help lure foreign tourists to the city, YCDC says it is plan­ning a new night mar­ket for Strand Road.

YAN­GON City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee is paving the way for ven­dors to open stalls in a night mar­ket along Strand Road, with a plan for­mu­lated un­der the pre­vi­ous govern­ment set to take shape as soon as Novem­ber.

“We had that plan since [the former govern­ment was in power] but we couldn’t im­ple­ment it,” YCDC’s Depart­ment of Ad­min­is­tra­tion deputy U Nyi Nyi told The Myan­mar Times. “We will soon have a night mar­ket like other coun­tries do.”

The mar­ket will be in the car park on Strand Road, stretch­ing from Ahlone Town­ship to the in­ter­sec­tion with Pan­so­dan Road.

Prepa­ra­tions in­clude en­sur­ing a wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem is in place and con­struct­ing an ad­e­quate num­ber of pub­lic toi­lets.

“We have al­ready con­structed pub­lic toi­lets in two or three place on Strand Road,” he said.

YCDC will add fa­cil­i­ties such as a garbage col­lec­tion sys­tem, and sup­ply elec­tric­ity to the site.

Select ven­dors sell­ing prod­ucts in the down­town area will be in­vited to open up a stall in the night mar­ket.

“We have al­ready col­lected a list of ven­dors to open shops in the night mar­ket but right now we can’t say how many stalls there will be,” U Nyi Nyi said.

YCDC has not re­leased spe­cific de­tails of the plan. They say fol­low­ing this an­nounce­ment of the de­vel­op­ment, they will seek to cre­ate a night mar­ket of in­ter­na­tional stan­dard in or­der to at­tract for­eign­ers.

A draft list from the Depart­ment of Ad­min­is­tra­tion col­lected over the past few months in­di­cates there are over 5000 street ven­dors in Lanma daw, Latha, Pabe­dan and Kyauk­tada Town­ships.

Yan­gon Her­itage Trust (YHT) has em­pha­sised that street ven­dors are a cru­cial char­ac­ter­is­tic of Yan­gon’s ur­ban land­scape, and that YCDC must en­sure the plan is to their ben­e­fit.

“It is dif­fi­cult to re­lo­cate a mar­ket be­cause it is a place for both ven­dors and buy­ers,” said YHT di­rec­tor Daw Moe Moe Lwin.

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