Street vendors not satisfied with YCDC’s arrangement

Street vendors from Lanmadaw, Pabedan, Latha and Kyauktada do not have enough space to sell their wares on Strand Road, according to street vendors on Monday at a press conference.

Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) took photos of the shops to give a space to the venders to sell on Strand Road, but it was discovered that some were not granted a space to sell.

“We welcome the night market, but there is not enough space. Today’s press conference is held for those vendors who are not given a space at the market,” said Ko Aung, a street vendor from Lamadaw Township.
“We were photographed individually, but we are not included on their list to provide with stalls. I heard that they will relocate all the street vendors at the end of this month. It will be very difficult for us to earn a living,” said a street vendor from Lamadaw township.

“The difficulty in the night market is to have enough space for the shops. Currently, the fruit shops are given four-by-four feet and the eat shops are eight-byeight feet. I think the random selection with a lucky draw is not right. Some vendors are given places without participating in the lucky draw. Some don’t have shops although they are listed”, said U Than Oo, who has been selling fruit in downtown Yangon since 1982.

“I inspected the night market on Strand Road. I found that some of the shops are too narrow. So, the regional government will reconsider it. This is just a temporary arrangement. The government hopes to find alternative ways for the street vendors who do not have a space to sell their goods, “said Regional Hluttaw Lanmadaw township Constituency2 representative U Kyaw Tun. About 1,600 out of more than 7,000 street vendors have been granted spaces at the newly opened night market. They can sell their wares from 3pm to 10pm daily. Vendorshave been moved from downtown streets to the Strand Road night market since November 21.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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