The number of licensed contractors in Yangon has increased sharply in recent years, and with authorities eager to make sure the construction industry follows strict regulations the city’s contractors are planning to form an industry association that can liaise with government.
An urban expert has approached the government with fresh ideas for expanding Yangon beyond its urban borders, in the hope of encouraging well-planned development, after the previous administration’s ambitious but vague plans for the city fell short.
After three months of bitter argument and amid accusations of opacity and inaction, the government has backed down from attempts to enforce serious changes on a group of high-rise projects. The Myanmar Times looks at what happened to a bold but massively disruptive review of Yangon’s high-rise buildings by an administration promising a new era of transparency.
Yangon officials will allow the developers of 12 suspended high-rise projects to start work again, and have revoked an earlier demand that some of the companies knock down floors in their projects because the designs were breaking urban planning rules.
A Spokesperson for Yangon City Development Committee’s Department of Engineering confirmed to The Myanmar Times yesterday that the under-construction hospital which collapsed on August 13 lacked YCDC building permission.
Developers in Yangon will have to install transformers to power new buildings that use more than 30 kilowatts of electricity, according to Yangon’s electricity supplier, which is hoping the measure will help reduce frequent blackouts across the city.
Yangon City Development Committee has finished amending its building permit regulations, its secretary said yesterday, after completing a divisive review of high-rise projects across the city that saw rule-breaking developers told to amend their designs.