Construction of Myanmar new capital continues

15:30, December 24, 2009      

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The construction of Myanmar's new capital of Nay Pyi Taw continued after emergence of departmental buildings, houses, main roads, markets, hotels, motels and resorts around the region as the early phase over the past four years.

Some five new towns in the capital region are being developed in addition to the existing three -- Pyinmana, Lewe and Tatkon in the post-move period of the administrative capital there from Yangon.

The five new towns, named as Oathara Thiri, Dekkina Thiri, Poppha Thiri, Zapu Thiri, Zeyar Thiri, will bring the total number of townships constituting the district-level capital region to 8, deleting it as a township from Mandalay division.

Meanwhile, Myanmar continued to move its remaining government ministry offices from the former capital of Yangon to the new administrative capital as the final phase after most of the offices were well relocated there.

The offices of ministries' directorates will be left in Yangon as the ministries' offices in southern Myanmar, according to local reports.

Myanmar shifted its former administrative capital of Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw, about 390 km to the north, in November 2005. Nay Pyi Taw is located between middle mountain range of Bago Yoma and eastern mountain range of Shan Yoma.

The new capital covers an area of 7,054.37 square-km and has a population of 924,608, according to official figures.

More than a year after the move, the government formed a committee, chaired by U Soe Tha, Minister of National Planning and Economic Development, for auctioning some state-owned buildings left behind in Yangon.

The auction also covers some housing project buildings being implemented under government supervision and related land plots.

The Myanmar government has made arrangement to allot lands in Nay Pyi Taw to long-service government employees as part of its efforts to develop the new capital, giving priority to such government employees, who have at least 10-year civil services and two years' in Nay Pyi Taw, to buy the allotted lands.

Since 2006, the Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee has also invited investment from local nationals to develop the capital city, offering to allot them land plots for the purpose.

These allotted land areas are designated to build new living quarters, shopping complexes, highway terminals and car workshops.

According to the committee, on completion of all the buildings,30 years of land lease will be granted which is not transferable within the initial 10 years' period.

Meanwhile, Myanmar has also been striving for the improvement of transport link with Nay Pyi Taw as part of its development of the new capital.

A new 8-lane motor highway linking Yangon with Nay Pyi Taw directly and built by 12 giant private construction companies, has been put into service since March this year.

The Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw highway, which extends as 323.2 km, represents the prior part of the 563 km-long overall Yangon- Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay highway.

Moreover, Myanmar is planning to build one more railway station in Nay Pyi Taw next to the existing Pyinmana station to facilitate rail transport to the new capital, saying that feasibility study and land survey are underway for the move.

The new station will be the second one after the first new being built since 2006 which is reportedly nearing completion.

In addition to zoological garden, water fountain garden, herbalgarden, national landmark garden and Ngalikekantha resort which have been in place, Myanmar local private companies have also constructed 42 new shopping complexes there, aimed at attracting more visitors to the city.

In Nay Pyi Taw, some modernized buildings such as governmental departments, residential quarters, private hospital, private bank,Union of Myanmar Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and Shwe Pazun bakery house have been constructed.

Meanwhile, other construction companies group are also implementing some international-level shopping center projects. Among them, the first private-run "Junction Center - Nay Pyi Taw" was built by the giant Shwe Taung Development company and was opened in August this year.

It is expected that Nay Pyi Taw will be further developed in the next decade to possess the characteristics of a city.

Source: Xinhua
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