Stall Vendors Banned on 11 Yangon Roads to Ease Traffic

Roadside stall vendors can no longer operate their businesses along 11 roads in Yangon, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) said on Tuesday.

Anawrahta, Bogyoke Aung San, Maha Bandoola, Pansodan, Merchant, Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Latha, Lanmadaw, Bonegyi and Strand roads are all affected by the ban.

“The ban is meant to reduce traffic jams on Yangon’s main roads,” said an official at the committee.

The ban goes into effect next month. Violators will be subject to action under YCDC law.

A total of 6,000 stallholders, including 1,600 foods sellers, in the Kyauktada, Pabedan, Latha and Lanmadaw townships must move to a night market on Strand Road.

Stallholders have to pay Ks500 per year as a licence fee plus charges for water, cleaning services and electricity at the night market, which will open later this month. Business hours will be from 3pm to 11pm everyday.

Meanwhile, residents near the market said they were unhappy that the remaining 4,000 stalls were still on the streets.

The regional MP Kyi Pyar of Kyauktada Constituency-1 said: “There is not enough space for cars to park in the streets. This change will upset residents when they can’t find a space to park their cars.”

An earlier plan to set up a night market in front of City Hall was unsuccessful but the current plan had cost a lot, so it must be implemented successfully, she added.


Source: Eleven Myanmar

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