Car brokers decry decision to close the Thiri Mingalar car sales centre

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) on Thursday announced the closure of the Thiri Mingalar car sales centre in Ahlone township as it is a dangerous building, but the car brokers are criticizing the decision.

It is difficult to relocate on short notice, there are many cars in the centre and they are facing parking problems in possible relocation sites, car brokers told The Myanmar Times.

“The place they have arranged just does not do well. It is impossible. In Hlaing and Than Thu Mar area, the place is full and it’s not even enough for the people there. As for the Aung Mingalar Highway Gate, only about 100 cars could be displayed there. There are about 700 cars here,” said Ko Naung, owner of an auto trading business.

Thiri Mingalar vehicle sales centre had been shut down from August 17 as was classified as a dangerous building and the announcement of shutting down the building was issued by the YCDC’s Department of Revenue on August 16.

The announcement advised the occupants to vacate the building as soon as possible. But an official of the YCDC Revenue Department said there was no deadline set for the occupants to move out of the condemned building.

“There is no specific timeframe to move and what actions to take following the announcement. There is no instruction yet from above. It is just a request,” YCDC Revenue Department Assistant Head of Department U Yan Nyein Chan told The Myanmar Times.

“People and cars are dangerous. So we let them know. We inform the sales center. We are not driving them out. We have no deadline. We have no instruction right now.” he said.

A request letter for giving enough time to move Thiri Mingalar car sales center was sent by car brokers, and agencies to the Mayor and other Hluttaw MPs.

Source: Myanmar Times