Disagreement over truck parking in Magwe township
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