New night market in the works for Yangon
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.