YCDC to Take Action Against Wayward Street Vendors

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is taking action against street vendors who ply their trade in prohibited areas or streets and is mapping out a plan to ensure that trade will be carried out in a systematic manner.

The announcement was made by regional Planning and Financing Minister U Myint Thaung at the Yangon Region Parliament session

Since November 2016, the YCDC has organised a night market on Strand Road and street vendors from four townships were shifted there. Most of the street vendors sell fruits and food items.

In 2016, MP Daw Kyi Pyar of the Kyauktada township, had submitted a proposal to the regional parliament on how the government would manage street vendors.

Altogether nine MPs were involved in the discussions on how to manage the vendors.

“When I submitted the proposal, I and eight other MPs told the parliament that the government should think long term management when solving the problems of street vendors. There is a need to set rules and regulations and a special team to enforce them,” said Daw Kyi Pyar.

Some have said that the YCDC moved too fast causing the vendors inconvenience. Several street vendors were moved to the Strand Road night market but many others refused to move and are still in their usual places.

Daw Kyi Pyar said, ‘’The first thing is that YCDC can’t manage the space required for the street vendors at the night market. There are a total of 6400 street vendors from four downtown areas.

“Among them, only 2000 vendors were moved to the night market. YCDC also designated 11 streets where trading is prohibited. The remaining 4000 vendors were terribly inconvenienced and complained to the MPs,” she said.

The vendors need to adhere to the government regulations and adopt to their new surroundings and need to pay tariffs for water, electricity and cleaning.

But those remaining at their old places have nothing to pay. This situation exacerbates the problems facing the street vendors.

‘’People cannot rely on government’s policies or instructions. YCDC gave identity cards to vendors but they did not organise them carefully. Also, there is no group to manage the vendors and these ID cards mean nothing,” said Daw Kyi Pyar.

In total, K1.8million has been spent on setting up the night markets.

However, the street vendors want to know how the government will manage the markets during the rainy season.

They want to know if proper shelters will be built and preventive measures taken against flooding in the market.

Most of the vendors did not want to move to Strand Road and some of them are moving to a night market near Mahabandoola Park.

Daw Kyi Pyar said the government should consider opening a market there because this is a prominent area in Yangon.

U Myint Thaung said that the YCDC is checking the 11 streets where street vendors are prohibited in collaboration with traffic police and other authorities.

They have already taken action against vendors who failed to follow regulations and meted out fines amounting to K47 million in 3140 cases.

“Although the night market started in November 2016, the YCDC started collecting the tariffs only in March. The YCDC is responsible for the sustainable development of night markets,” said U Myint Thaung.

For the Strand Road night market, YCDC spent over K1215 million in 17 different processes, including building transformers, installing lighting and CCTV cameras, said U Myint Thaung.


Source: The Myanmar Times

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