Nay Pyi Taw’s fresh pro­duce mar­ket to re­open in Jan­uary

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RES­I­DENTS of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal should have their fresh pro­duce stalls back by the end of Jan­uary when up­grades for Tha Pyay Gone Mar­ket are ex­pected to wrap up, ac­cord­ing to the Nay Pyi Taw City Development Com­mit­tee.

The project, which has been un­der way for over a month, is be­ing un­der­taken by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity with as­sis­tance from the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, said U Min Lwin Soe, deputy direc­tor gen­eral of Nay Pyi Taw City Development Com­mit­tee’s mar­ket department.

“It will be com­pleted in two months. After the foun­da­tions are fin­ished, all that needs to be done is put up the outer steel struc­ture,” he said.

The com­mit­tee made the de­ci­sion to up­grade the Zabuthiri town­ship mar­ket due to wa­ter in­un­da­tion dur­ing the rainy sea­son which was dis­rupt­ing the mar­ket’s traders.

“A tem­po­rary mar­ket has been con­structed for ven­dors whose stalls have been de­stroyed in the im­prove­ment works. When the project is com­plete, they will get their stalls back in the same po­si­tion as be­fore,” U Min Lwin Soe said.

As part of the project, 2.5-me­tre con­crete foun­da­tions have been laid to pre­vent flood­ing, and the roof has been raised to fa­cil­i­tate bet­ter air cir­cu­la­tion.

Aside from this, the lay­out of the mar­ket will re­main the same, with no changes to ven­dors’ stalls.

Shop­keep­ers who do not own their stalls but op­er­ate un­der lease or trad­ing agree­ments may face dif­fi­cul­ties once the works are com­plete, as stalls will be re­turned to those who are reg­is­tered as the own­ers in spite of any other agree­ments which may have taken place.

“Any other agree­ments are not our con­cern. Any sales, leases or agree­ments will not be re­garded as of­fi­cial un­less they have been reg­is­tered with us. Stalls will be re­turned to the reg­is­tered own­ers,” U Min Lwin Soe said.

He added that there will be an of­fi­cial res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nism for any ag­grieved traders should dis­putes arise when the time comes to hand back the stalls.

The 2-acre mar­ket serves many of the cap­i­tal’s civil ser­vants. It is the first fresh pro­duce mar­ket to be up­graded since the con­struc­tion of Nay Pyi Taw in 2006. – Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

and Win Thaw Tar

Photo: AFP

A woman buys veg­eta­bles at a mar­ket in Nay Pyi Taw.

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