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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.