Yan­gon food ven­dors to be ousted from side­walks

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - ZAY YAR LIN za­yarlinn@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Win Thaw Tar and Zar Zar Soe

Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee plans to clear food ven­dors from the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal’s 11 busiest roads, forc­ing the sell­ers to re­lo­cate to side streets.

YAN­GON’S 11 busiest roads will soon be free of street ven­dors, an of­fi­cial from Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee’s Depart­ment of Ad­min­is­tra­tion told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day.

All those cur­rently sell­ing food on these thor­ough­fares will have to re­lo­cate to a soon-to-open night bazaar, while hawk­ers of other goods will be told to take their wares to side streets.

The bazaar will al­low street ven­dors to con­tinue sell­ing food on 18th and 19th streets, in the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal’s Chi­na­town neigh­bour­hood.

“We will an­nounce when the plan starts,” the of­fi­cial said.

The ban in­cludes five main east­west roads – Bo­gyoke Aung San, Anawrahta, Ma­ha­ban­doola, Mer­chant and Strand – and six main north-south roads – Pan­so­dan, Sule Pagoda, Sh­wedagon Pagoda, Latha, Lan­madaw and Phone Gyi.

Any­one who vi­o­lates the ban will be pun­ished un­der YCDC law.

An­other night bazaar on Strand Road is slated to open on Novem­ber 20, al­low­ing ven­dors to hawk their goods by rent­ing stall space for K500 per year plus daily water and clean­ing fees, and monthly elec­tric­ity charges.

There are about 6000 street ven­dors in Yan­gon and the forth­com­ing Strand Road night bazaar can hold about 1600, said YCDC mem­ber Daw Than Myint Aung.

“At the mo­ment, we can­not pro­vide a new place for them so we have al­lowed them to sell where they are sell­ing now,” she said. “But we want them to be dis­ci­plined. Anawrahta, Ma­ha­ban­doola, Mer­chant and other prom­i­nent roads are al­ways crowded with heavy traf­fic and pedes­tri­ans. That is why we told ven­dors to move to the night bazaar on Strand Road.”

The more than 4000 ven­dors who can­not fit into the night bazaar will be al­lowed to set up on side streets, a plan that has drawn crit­i­cism from mem­bers of the re­gional par­lia­ment.

“We can­not tell what we will do af­ter we re­view their scheme,” said MP U Naing Oo (NLD; Pabe­dan 1). “When the plan is ini­ti­ated, the in­ner streets will be full of ven­dors. I am not sure whether res­i­dents will ac­cept that or not.”

U Naing Oo said he has heard that the plan to clear Yan­gon’s main streets of ven­dors will start on Novem­ber 24 or 25.

Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

Hawk­ers of food and other goods are a com­mon sight on many of Yan­gon’s bustling through­fares.

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