Yangon market safety programme launched

Htet Shine, Shine Lin Aung

The Yangon Region government launched a three-day operation to reduce traffic jams and crime around the Bayintnaung wholesale market complex in Mayangon Township, reports say.

Colonel Tin Aung Htun, the military-appointed regional minister for security and border affairs, and government officials held talks with the centre management on Wednesday and agreed to launch the operation on January 16.

The minister said: “I believe we will be able to control the situation by spreading handouts that describe regional laws and regulations at the centre. So shopkeepers will know what rules they have to comply with.”

The operation aims to reduce congestion, enforce shopkeepers at the centre to obey the rules of the Yangon City Development Committee, discipline fly-tippers and hawkers and help prevent criminal activities.

A total of 144 police officers, city committee staff members, firefighters, traffic police and civilians will participate in the operation.

Tin Han, chairman of the centre and parking lot, said: “We can handle security and sanitation works. But we can’t solve traffic jams. The parking space in Dagon Aya can house 400 to 600 vehicles. If there was space, the trucks could park there. But only a few trucks bother to park there. Most of the trucks linger at the centre’s parking lot and its surrounding and it leads to traffic jams. If this issue is resolved, the congestion will be eased.”

There are about 1,146 businesses at the complex and about 1,000 trucks and 5,000 cars use the parking lot regularly.

The regional government is trying to ease congestion on the city’s major roads.

About 70 per cent of Yangon's cargo goes to Hlaingthaya Township and trucks from there were one of the reasons behind traffic jams, said Than Win, joint secretary of the Yangon Region transport authority, in December.

Translated by Nay Thiha