YCDC outlaws extensions to public housing

Residents at Yangon’s affordable housing projects will be punished if they attempt to enlarge their apartments by building extensions.

Anyone found adding an annex to housing built by Yangon City Development Committee (YDCD) will be prosecuted, said U Than Htay, head of the Department of Engineering (Building).

“We have noticed that many lean-tos have been added to the Set Hna Lone Dan housing project in Yankin township. This is not allowed, and we will take action against those involved,” he said.

Under YCDC’s by-laws for the Myanmar National Building Code, enacted on August 6 last year, extensions and annexes are forbidden.

According to the law, forbidden items also include air conditioners and sun shades. If these are found at low-cost housing projects, YCDC may remove and destroy them, said U Than Htay.

YCDC is building a number of low-cost housing projects, including Bo Min Yaung and Bo Ba Htoo, in North Dagon township.

The local authority will build more projects as Yangon faces an affordable housing shortage, and requires thousands of new apartments. The city has just over 17,000 units of affordable housing for a population which is growing by more than 300,000 per year.

In addition to Bo Ba Htoo and Bo Min Yaung, the government is planning to develop a housing estate called Minye Kyaw Swar in East Dagon and another called Ayeyaw Wun and Yadana Housing in Dagon Seikkan township.

Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint has presented both projects to the regional hluttaw.

Source: Myanmar Times

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