Yan­gon night mar­ket opens on Strand Road

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - MYAT NYEIN AYE my­at­nyeinaye@mm­times.com

The Yan­gon chief min­is­ter launched the re­gion govern­ment’s in­au­gu­ral night mar­ket in a bid to shift ven­dors from con­gest­ing busy roads in the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal.

A NEW night mar­ket opened on Strand Road yes­ter­day, in a move meant to ease con­ges­tion and re­lo­cate street­side ven­dors from the busiest roads in the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal.

The new mar­ket was planned by the Yan­gon Re­gion govern­ment and is man­aged by Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

“The very first night mar­ket ar­ranged by the govern­ment is now open,” said Yan­gon Re­gion Chief Min­is­ter U Phyo Min Thein. “There were night mar­kets in Yan­gon in the past but they were not man­aged by the govern­ment so most are op­er­at­ing il­le­gally on the street.”

The mar­ket will pro­vide af­ford­able ac­cess to healthy food and will also re­duce traf­fic jams down­town by get­ting ven­dors off the main streets, he said.

Ven­dors will soon be banned from the 11 ma­jor through­fares that cut through the down­town grid.

“Those ven­dors can sell safely and freely in this new night mar­ket,” said YCDC mem­ber Daw Than Myint Aung. “That is bet­ter for both the street ven­dors and the peo­ple.”

The mar­ket has space for 1600 ven­dors. How­ever, it is es­ti­mated that there are more than 6000 ven­dors down­town. The re­main­ing 4000 ven­dors are be­ing told to work side streets.

YCDC is pro­vid­ing water, elec­tric­ity, clean­ing and mo­bile toi­lets, but ven­dors will pay for those ser­vices.

“We are not go­ing to tax their busi­nesses,” Daw Than Myint Aung said. “[The night mar­ket] busi­nesses are free of taxes but they need to pay for the ser­vices.”

Ven­dors who have reg­is­tered with YCDC and are not al­lowed to trans­fer their spa­ces to other en­trepreneurs, Daw Than Myint Aung said.

Shop spa­ces are 32, 36 and 64 square feet in size.

The largest shops will pay K300 (US$0.23) per day while the small shops will pay K150.

Elec­tric­ity will cost K7000 per month.

Lamp posts, CCTV cam­eras and mo­bile toi­lets were do­nated by Ja­pan’s Su­mit­omo Cor­po­ra­tion.

The night mar­ket runs along Strand Road from Kyauk­tada to Lan­madaw town­ship. It will be open from 3pm to 11pm ev­ery day.

Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw

Yan­gon Re­gion Chief Min­is­ter U Phyo Min Thein tours the night mar­ket on Strand Road yes­ter­day.

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