Thi­lawa worker dor­mi­tory rooms to go for $25 per month

The Myanmar Times - - Business - ZAY YAR LINN za­yarlinn@mm­times.com

DOR­MI­TO­RIES for the first 2500 of what could even­tu­ally be 200,000 work­ers at Thi­lawa spe­cial eco­nomic zone have been com­pleted, and could re­ceive their first ten­ants within weeks. A bed in one of the 18-by-25-foot rooms will go for US$25, the man­age­ment com­pany says.

U Nyan Thit Hlaing, direc­tor of Myan­mar Thi­lawa SEZ Pub­lic Com­pany, told The Myan­mar Times on October 27 that the com­pany was await­ing the grant of a res­i­dence per­mit from the gov­ern­ment.

“We’ve ap­plied for a Build­ing Com­ple­tion Cer­tifi­cate so that labour­ers will be al­lowed to live there. Once it’s re­ceived, we would hope to be able to rent out the space for $25 a month, start­ing by the end of the year. There is space for about 2500 labour­ers in the three com­pleted dorms. This will be a rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive so­lu­tion, and we plan to ex­pand dor­mi­tory con­struc­tion as re­quired later,” he said.

The 80-acre (32-hectare) SEZ res­i­den­tial zone also con­tains apart­ments, ho­tels, gas sta­tions and banks. The com­pany will build a fur­ther 12 dor­mi­to­ries in ad­di­tion those al­ready com­pleted, at an av­er­age cost of more than K1 bil­lion each. The res­i­den­tial zone is 80 per­cent owned by Thi­lawa SEZ Pub­lic Com­pany and 20pc by Thi­lawa SEZ Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee.

“We’ve asked the com­pany to rent space to 50 to 100 labour­ers. Gas sta­tions and ho­tels will also be built in the zone. This will help over­seas staff who have to com­mute to and from Yan­gon,” said U Nyan Thit Hlaing.

The liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion will also be ser­viced by restau­rants and shops, though cook­ing in the dorms will be re­stricted. The apart­ments, each of which can ac­com­mo­date 12 peo­ple, are built on the Ja­panese model, and have their own wa­ter sup­ply, elec­tric­ity and sewage. Thi­lawa SEZ is ex­pected to launch its sec­ond phase soon. The size of the en­tire project is 2500 hectares and, when com­plete, the SEZ is ex­pected to pro­vide 200,000 jobs.

– Trans­la­tion by Khant Lin Oo

‘There is space for about 2500 labour­ers in the three com­pleted dorms.’

U Nyan Thit Hlaing Thi­lawa direc­tor

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