So­cial­ist-era pub­lic hous­ing in Yankin in line for an up­grade

The Myanmar Times - - Business - ZAY YAR LINN za­yarlinn@mm­

YANKIN’S So­cial­ist-era pub­lic hous­ing is tar­geted for de­mo­li­tion, with dam­aged and poorly main­tained build­ings set to be cleared in or­der to make way for mod­ern hous­ing de­vel­op­ments.

The Min­istry of Con­struc­tion an­nounced the build­ings put up by the Pub­lic Hous­ing group un­der the Anti-Fas­cist Peo­ple’s Free­dom League (AFPFL) and the Myan­mar So­cial­ist Pro­gram Party will be re­placed by con­struc­tion projects fol­low­ing a pub­lic ten­der.

Be­tween 1953 and 1972, 206 build­ings were con­structed in Ward 1 and 6. This includes 3604 rooms. The Yankin Hous­ing Project is pop­u­lated by civil ser­vants, re­tired civil ser­vants, ex-ser­vice­men and their fam­i­lies. They cur­rently rent from the Ur­ban and Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment for a monthly fee of K12.50 per square foot.

“The places will be given to res­i­dents as well as [res­i­dents of] Lan Thit Av­enue hous­ing. Ten­ders will be in­vited,” U Yu Khaing, di­rec­tor of ur­ban hous­ing and de­vel­op­ment un­der the Min­istry of Con­struc­tion, told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day. “The master plan had al­ready been writ­ten. The re­gional govern­ment and the Min­istry of Con­struc­tion will carry out this project.”

It is not yet known when the de­mo­li­tions will be­gin.

Over 16,000 rooms in nine sta­te­owned hous­ing com­plexes are man­aged by the con­struc­tion min­istry’s Depart­ment of Ur­ban and Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment. These in­clude the Lan Thit hous­ing project in Lan­madaw town­ship, the Yankin town­ship build­ings, and the Hpa Sa Pa La (AFPLF) hous­ing project in Min­galar Taung Nyunt town­ship. These sites have been iden­ti­fied as the first pri­or­ity.

The Depart­ment of Ur­ban and Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment an­nounced an open ten­der on the Lan Thit site for do­mes­tic con­struc­tion firms in state owned newspapers. Ten­ders on the Yankin and Kan­dawlay Hpa Sa Pa La sites will come next.

Two state-owned build­ings, 51st Street hous­ing and Link Street, were de­mol­ished and re­placed un­der the pre­vi­ous govern­ment. Orig­i­nal res­i­dents have been re­set­tled into the new, up­graded hous­ing.

The con­struc­tion com­pany which won the ten­der worked in co­op­er­a­tion with the Depart­ment of Ur­ban and Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment un­der a pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship agree­ment.

Dur­ing a the Yan­gon Re­gion Hlut­taw ses­sion on Oc­to­ber 12 Yan­gon Re­gion Min­is­ter for Elec­tric­ity, In­dus­try and Transportation Daw Ni­lar Kyaw said the apart­ments from Yankin Hous­ing Project are de­te­ri­o­rat­ing badly. She said the build­ings are old, with roofs, win­dows, fences, ceil­ings, wa­ter and sewage pipes, as well as elec­tric­ity cables, in des­per­ate need of re­pair or re­place­ment. Only a few apart­ments have been painted and re­paired, and a lack of fund­ing has ham­pered restora­tion ef­forts so far.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from MP Daw Thi­dar Maung (Yankin 1), Min­is­ter Daw Ni­lar Kyaw said they were now at the stage of putting for­ward pro­posed ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs. – Trans­la­tion by San Layy and Win Thaw Tar

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

Pedes­tri­ans walk by the Lan Thit govern­ment hous­ing project.

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