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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

“Greater Yangon Strategic Plan 2040” being redesigned to adapt current age

Sule Pagoda and historic City Hall seen in the downtown of Yangon.

Yangon November 22-11-2016

Greater Yangon Strategic Plan 2040, which was drawn for the development of Yangon City including reclamation of new satellite townships, is being updated, according to the Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA).

“The previous plan is different from the new one. Also, more traffic congestions occur in the commercial city daily. Moreover, the State Counsellor asked us to draw the plan in compliance with the current age,” said Mr Keiichiro Nakazawa, country head of the JICA.

The new plan includes the extension of new townships, erection of detours and other necessary infrastructures.

“The project has no transparency. It should not be possible as they prioritizes the northeast to expand the city,” said U Myint Swe, an expert in Civil and Housing Development.

“The extension of new satellite townships involved in the plan should be aimed for the squatters. Although it is a good deed to redesign the project in conformity with the current age, the plans should be released to the public for the transparency,” he said.

The JICA drew up the “Greater Yangon Strategic Plan 2040” in 2012 and released to the public in 2015.

The Myawady Daily

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