JICA to publish amended master plan by year-end
THE Japan International Cooperation Agency will publish an amended version of its Yangon 2040 master plan by the end of this year, according to a senior JICA official.
The agency drafted the plan in 2012, but began amending the plan in the middle of 2016 at the request of the new government, according to Keiichiro Nakazawa, JICA’s chief representative in Myanmar.
“The conditions in Yangon have changed much since the plan was drafted in 2012,” he said. “For example, the traffic jams are worse now.”
After the National League for Democracy was elected, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked JICA to amend the master plan to reflect the current situation, Mr Nakazawa said.
“So we did, and we will make the new report before [the start of] next year,” he told The Myanmar Times.
After receiving the amended master plan, the Yangon Region government will select and manage the recommended projects based on its budget and the availability of international loans, he added.
The former government started some projects from the master plan, but also embarked on its own initiatives.
The new administration has been holding regular discussions with JICA on issues around Yangon infrastructure and the master plan every few weeks.
“We are amending the master plan practically and in discussion with the Region government and ministers about the current situation and what sectors need to change,” said Mr Nakazawa.
Among the projects outlined in the master plan are inner and outer ring roads for Yangon, which would start by connecting downtown Yangon to Bago Region’s Hanthawaddy International Airport.
“The Ministry of Construction has started a survey for this project but has not finished yet,” he said. “So after the government’s survey, we will continue our plan based on the ministry’s findings.”
An increase in traffic jams, among other issues, has prompted the Japan International Cooperation Agency to update its Yangon 2040 master plan.