Monday, September 25, 2017

Yangon pavements get a makeover

Yangon City Development Committee workers repair a section of pavement near the Secretariat building in downtown Yangon in early August. Aye Zaw Myo / The Myanmar TimesYangon City Development Committee workers repair a section of pavement near the Secretariat building in downtown Yangon in early August. Aye Zaw Myo / The Myanmar Times

Beloved of travel writers and the bane of residents, Yangon’s dilapidated pavements will soon be just a bad memory, according to municipal authorities.

A Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) project to renovate damaged sections of pavement in downtown Yangon should be completed by the end of September, a senior committee official said last week.

Workers began replacing unsafe sections of pavement and repairing less damaged areas in the six downtown townships last month, Captain Myint Oo, the head of the committee’s Department of Engineering (Roads and Bridges), said.

“The new pavements are likely to last more than two years before they need to be repaired again,” Captain Myint Oo said. “The program was instigated by the Yangon Mayor in order to make things more convenient for the public.”

Captain Myint Oo said YCDC would expand the project to other municipal areas if it is given the budget.

He said the committee also wanted to introduce ramps in some areas, especially near clinics and hospitals, to improve access for the aged and disabled.

“We’ll need a bigger budget to do that, though. We’re still waiting to see whether our plan to improve disabled access is approved by senior officials.”

Meanwhile, he said the heavy monsoon had degraded roads in the YCDC area more than in previous years and the committee was pushing on with a plan to replace tarred road with concrete.

“It is easy to pave tarred roads but the tar has to be imported from other countries. Cement is available here so we plan to replace all the tarred roads with concrete roads later on,” he said.

– Translated by Zaw Winn