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