Nay Pyi Taw’s fresh produce market to reopen in January
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
A woman buys vegetables at a market in Nay Pyi Taw.