Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Drop in illegal construction as Yangon market slows

Fewer developers have been charged for building without a permit in Yangon this year than in the past two years, according to a city official, who believes this reflects a slowdown in the city’s construction sector rather than a growing respect for the law.

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Yangon committee to release high-rise inspection results

A Yangon Region government committee charged with reviewing high-rise projects approved by the previous government to decide whether or not they should go ahead will release its first round of inspection results today or tomorrow, one of its members said.

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Govt plans 700-acre economic zone in northern Yangon

The construction ministry is planning to build an economic zone on 700 acres in Yangon’s Mingalardon township including residential and commercial buildings, an official has told The Myanmar Times.

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New policy elusive as YCDC restarts building permit applications

Yangon City Development Committee has started accepting construction permit applications again after a temporary hiatus pending a new building policy. But that policy has still yet to appear, and permits can only be considered – not issued –until it does, officials have said.

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Government takes action to track down unregistered foreign engineers

An influx of foreign engineers into Myanmar’s booming construction sector has prompted the authorities to crack down on unlicensed expats. Developers are required to register foreign workers with the local council, and suspensions await those that do not abide by the rules.

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Results in on high-rise projects

After weeks of waiting the results of Yangon Region government’s first round of high-rise inspections will be released to developers in the next few days, according to a YCDC official.

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Farmers urge region government to restart Southwest New City project

A farmers group is pressing local authorities to resurrect the controversial Southwest New City project. Though the three companies selected to build the new city were ready to proceed on the basis of approval from the outgoing Yangon Region government, the incoming National League for Democracy government said it would cancel the project if residents did not benefit sufficiently.

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High-rise suspension drags on

Developers desperate to restart suspended high-rise projects in Yangon remain in limbo as a government review drags on. Members of the Yangon Region government committee tasked with conducting a final inspection on 64 buildings say they are still awaiting reports on the first 12, and will not continue inspections until those reports are in.

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