Ven­dors banned from Chaung Tha beach­front

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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.

Photo: Staff

Vis­i­tors stroll the shore of Chaung Tha beach in Aye­yarwady Re­gion.

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