Vendors banned from Chaung Tha beachfront
AIMING to counter litterbugs and preserve a more picturesque beachfront, the Ayeyarwady Region government has banned vendors from selling their wares on Chaung Tha beach.
The order went into effect on November 1, according to a local administrator, who sounded none too happy about enforcing the ban.
“Following instructions from the regional government, we prohibited shops and vendors [from the beachfront] by issuing regional order Number 11. The main aim is to keep the beach neat, tidy and clean so that it can continue to exist for a long time,” Shwe Thaung Yan subtownship director U Phyoe Wai Aung told The Myanmar Times yesterday.
“This idea to ban the shops did not come from our local officials. We had to carry out this project under the instruction of the region government, so I don’t want to talk about being to blame for it,” he added.
By the local official’s count there are between 70 and 80 vendors and shops that previously sold food, drinks and wares on the beach that will be affected by the ban. He added that so far there has not been any difficulty in carrying out the order as the vendors have followed the instruction.
Regional MP U Aung Thu Htwe (NLD; Pathein 2) said yesterday that the beach was being degraded on a daily basis.
“The shore is full of waste products such as beer bottles, coconut husks, et cetera. People are eating on the shore and are also littering at the shore. So we need to prohibit the shops to conserve the beach,” he said.
An amalgamation of trash has already affected tourism to Chaung Tha beach, he added, as more visitors are now skipping the beach and its destroyed natural beauty to visit Goyangi Kyun instead.
Goyangi Kyun is an immaculate island located next to Ngwe Saung beach.
The local MP said the prohibition will be better for everyone in the long run and added that conservation efforts are urgently needed to preserve Chaung Tha and Ngwe Saung before their shorelines are overrun with waste.
U Naing Win, secretary of the Hotels Federation of Chaung Tha Zone, agreed that the rubbish situation was getting out of hand, and called on visitors to be more conscious of the environment.
“Guests are also responsible for waste products,” he said. “We have been cleaning the waste constantly, but still more and more appears.”
He added that as a hotelier, he did not have an opinion about banning the beach vendors, and said the decision was the regional government’s to make.
Visitors stroll the shore of Chaung Tha beach in Ayeyarwady Region.