Dis­agree­ment over truck park­ing in Magwe town­ship

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RES­I­DENTS and business own­ers are at odds over whether or not to al­low trucks to park within Magwe town­ship.

A truck gate, for un­load­ing goods, was built out­side the city last year but re­mains un­opened fol­low­ing com­plaints from traders and business groups fear­ing it will im­pact their sup­plies.

At a City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing on Novem­ber 7, res­i­dents com­plained that the trucks cause grid­lock in the town­ship and could re­sult in more car ac­ci­dents. The heavy ve­hi­cles de­stroy the roads, they said, and the pop­u­la­tion of Magwe is higher than nor­mal res­i­den­tial ar­eas be­cause of the univer­sity stu­dents.

“The trucks pass through in the town at high speeds be­cause they are heavy,” said Magwe res­i­dent Ko Soe Moe Aung. “They take up two-thirds of the road to load their goods. The worst traf­fic con­ges­tion is around My­oma Mar­ket. If two trucks are there, our mo­tor­cy­cles can­not pass.”

One ad­min­is­tra­tor pointed out that the roads are only wide enough for two cars.

At the meet­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tors sug­gested im­ple­ment­ing the truck gate, which was built un­der the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment, and would bar trucks from the town. But business own­ers and traders re­jected that idea.

The business in­ter­ests re­sponded that the con­ges­tion is a re­sult of the fact that the roads are too nar­row and of poor qual­ity.

One trader said that the traf­fic con­ges­tion in Magwe town­ship is not ma­jor yet.

Magwe City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair U Hpoe Ni said that what­ever de­ci­sion is made, it should rep­re­sent all the in­ter­ested par­ties, not just one class of peo­ple.

– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

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