Mandalay traders to quit pagodas

Traders had been told not to conduct businesses in monastery compounds in Mandalay Region and the government will arrange an alternative place where they can do their businesses. “Some people are doing business in monastery compounds. Please don’t do it. They can apply for a place (land) at the regional government and we will consider, […]

Officials split over future of commercial projects on prime Yangon parkland

An outspoken Yangon City Development Committee member says he has ordered suspension of a number of construction projects on parkland beside the city’s Inya Lake, while the department responsible for contracting the companies says the projects are still going ahead. The decision in 2013 to allow eight companies to build commercial projects in Mya Kyun […]

YCDC opens complaints section

Any complaints? Yangon City Development Committee has opened up a special department for you. As of March 4, any of Yangon’s 5.21 million citizens can come to City Hall to pick a bone with the administration. Committee member U Khin Maung Tint told The Myanmar Times the idea was to bring people with problems directly […]

Underground water demand could weaken buildings

Buildings in Yangon may be threatened as high-rise developments draw an unprecedented volume of water from beneath the city, prompting authorities to consider alternative ways to meet increased demand. Yangon City Development Committee can supply around 135 million gallons of water to the city daily. However, Yangon residents consume almost double this – over 200 […]

Safety, quality still concerns in high-rise construction

Yangon is getting taller, but the work is not always being done well. An unprecedented Yangon building boom began in 2012, though builders still have trouble finding skilled specialists needed to ensure construction is done properly. The Committee for Quality Control for High-rise Building Projects (CQHP) is responsible for oversight of buildings over 12 storeys. […]

Building code changes still pending

A number of amendments to Myanmar’s National Building Code are still pending approval, as the existing rules are deemed unsuitable for high-rise developments. A group of experts has drawn up a bill of additional amendments, which was completed in July and has been submitted to the Ministry of Construction (MoC), according to U Khin Maung […]