Yangon Night Market Get’s a Second Chance

In November 2016 the Yangon Region Government gave the go-ahead for a new Night Market in the city, located on the famous Strand Road. The plan was budgeted at K1.8 billion, and promised to add to the city’s recreational appeal.

Just over two years later, and those grand plans have failed to impress. Being sandwiched between two major roads – Strand Road and the expressway – it’s difficult to enjoy the atmosphere amidst the deafening horn blasts of passing trucks, pollution and dirty streets.

The A25 Development Company have pledged to upgrade the market this coming September, giving the area a much-needed facelift. The announcement was made by Daw Kyi Pyar, Hluttaw MP from the No (1) constituency of Kyauktada Township.

“They are currently upgrading stalls, and accepting applications from new shop owners. We plan to open the new markets in September,” she said.

The new Yangon Night Market will stretch from Strand Road in Pabedan Township to Kyauktada.

The A25 Myanmar Development Company will use K2.6 billion for the upgrades via a Public Private Partnership (PPP), U Than Naing Oo, Hluttaw MP from the No (1) constituency of Pabedan Township confirmed.

K1.6 billion out of the total budget will be spent on upgrades to shops and other services, with the remaining amount allocated to a hydraulic car park, according to the plan.

A healthcare center, children’s playground, ATMs and foreign currency exchange facilities will also be included in the Night Market vicinity, along with an improved waste management system.

Rental rates are set to rise due to the upgrades, however.

At present four categories of shops will be available to rent and buy, based on size: the 8x8ft food shops, 8×6 ft fabric and clothing outlets; 40×10 ft container bar and restaurant; as well as the 10×20 ft shops. A monthly rental fee of K25,000 and a K 1 Lakh deposit is required for the 8×8 ft outlets; and K20,000 plus K1 Lakh deposit for 8×6 ft shops will be collected.

Vendors interested in opening a container bar and restaurant at the markets can register their applications online. Three 20 ft and six 40 ft containers will be available, to be located in Zone (F) between Strand and Sule Pagoda Roads.

Rental fees for the 40 ft container shop will be K1.8million per month with a K5 million deposit. Renters are permitted to sell different kinds of food and beverages.

Monthly payment for a 20 ft container will be K700,000, with the down payment being K2 million. Renters of these containers will also be allowed to sell a variety of dishes, but not beverages.

Duration of the rental leases will be one year, and shops which fail to open will become available again to other prospective renters. Electricity and water charges will be collected separately, measured by a sub-meter system, according to a Yangon Night Market Official.

Shop renters are prohibited from re-selling or re-renting and, if caught, risk having their shops closed.

To avoid traffic congestion three main entrances have been arranged so that people can enter the market safely. The new hydraulic parking system will also help save space, giving pedestrians more room to move in and out of the markets.

“I want it to be like the Bangkok Night Markets. It should be a place where people can enjoy hygienic food in a clean and safe environment,” said U Than Naing Oo.

Although drinks were prohibited in the previous Strand Road location, the new Night Market will have sections for drinks, with the Regional Government’s permission.

The new market will open from 3pm to 3am, and will have both local and foreign food as well as stalls for consumables, including vendors selling clothing, accessories, phones, handicrafts and flowers, according to an official announcement.

The Yangon Night Market’s Phase 1, Zone F will open in July as a test run. It will contain eight container stalls, room for temporary car parking and taxi gates. The remaining phases will be opened step-by-step after each upgrade period.

Yangon Night Market Phase 1, Zone A

Zone A – 25th Street to 27th Street, with food stalls and an amusement park.

Yangon night market Phase 1, Zone B

Zone B – 27th Street to 29th Street, to include a recreation area, as well as fashion, handicraft and food stalls.

Yangon night market Phase 1, Zone C

Zone C – 27th Street on Kannar Street, will include ATMs, currency exchange counters, emergency clinics and a recreation zone.

Bus stops will also be located along the roadside, near the Yangon Night Market’s administrative office. This is adjacent to where Zone D will be located, where a security station and entertainment zone are planned.

Source: Myanmar Times

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