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By Htar Htar Khin
July 19 - 25, 2010

THE Thirimingalar Market will be back in business within weeks, Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has announced.

A YCDC spokesperson said on July 12 that work was well advanced on the four-month relocation project, which started last month.

“What is left is the roofing and wiring installation. At this rate, with 900 labourers at work, we expect completion in late September,” the spokesperson said.

The new market will stand on 17.75 acres of land, with more than 270 parking spaces for heavy trucks (40-60 tonnes) and more than 230 smaller vehicles.

He added that one reason to move Thirimingalar Market from Ahlone township to its new location in Hlaing township was the lack of space for loading and unloading trucks, which resulted in congestion. The move will also facilitate the proposed Strand Road extension.

There will be nine booths in the new market, ranging in size from 3240 to 28,800 square feet, and housing more than 2000 fruit and vegetable shops.

After construction is complete, YCDC Market Department will relocate the shop owners according to a ballot system.
The spokesperson said no cost estimate was available.