Mandalay Government to Spend K4b for Staff Housing

Mandalay regional government will spend nearly K4 billion for a mega-housing project in eight townships for civil servants starting mid-2018 to meet staff housing requirements, an Urban and Housing Development official told The Myanmar Times.

The construction plan is part of regional government’s plan to be implemented during the interim-budget period before fiscal year 2018-2019 starts on October 1. The official said the construction will kick off on April 1 and be completed at the end of September.

The housing project in eight townships will provide 318 apartments for civil servants.

According to a director-ranked official who asked not to be named, the tender process for the project has started.

“We have only six months to finish this project, therefore we invited tenders early after presentation to the regional government,” said the official.

However, he refused to name the companies that are competing and have been shortlisted for the project. He also could not tell when the companies that have won the tender will be announced.

Given the time constraints of six months for the project, the government will allow preliminary work prior to the project’s commencement.

“The tender nomination team which was formed by the regional government will select the winner in accordance with tender rules. The companies selected for the project can start pre-engineering work before the project begins,” he said.

The eight towns selected for the housing project include Myingyan, Meiktila, Tharzi, Yamethin, Kyaukpadaung, Mahlaing, Mogok and Nyaung-U. The department, he said, has coordinated with the administrative department in the towns for land use and management.

Government staff that do not own houses and apartments are eligible for selection, said the department official.

U Zaw Myo Hlaing, physics lecturer at Yangon Western University, said the government should build more housing for civil servants.

The problem for him is managing the fixed cost of housing rentals, though he can manage other flexible costs.

“For civil servants, the most bothersome thing is finding an apartment or a house where you can live, because while we can reduce our costs for food, clothes and other things, we cannot do that for house rentals, which are fixed.”

He also suggested that the housing project should benefit civil servants, not high-ranking officials.

There are more than 56,000 civil servants in Mandalay Region, for whom the government is able to provide accommodations for only four out of every 100. The department has built housing for some 2700 civil servants.


Source: The Myanmar Times


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