THE project for an all-round development of the City of Yangon will become the greatest challenge to the new Yangon regional government, said Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein on Thursday at a meeting held at City Hall between the Yangon City Development Committee and the Renaissance Institute.
In attempts to revitalise the city of Yangon, there were many cases of not meeting (quality) standard goals, which can be attributed to lack of accountability. As a result, the city is being faced with the overflowing of the drainage canals, which are blocked by litter thrown away by careless citizens.
The tax payers will not be satisfied with a government which allows the people live in the midst of a garbage dump, added Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein.
Certain buildings are not in accord with the characteristics of a modern metropolitan city and thus they are in need of repairing and maintenance, it was said at the meeting. In regard to the drawing up of a master plan for the city development project, it was decided that the people should be allowed to participate in the process in addition to seeking for ideas and plans from engineers and architects.
The chief minister went on to say that the project should be drawn up with the participation of people’s representatives, legal experts, public administrators and experts with international experience.
According to the master plan of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, there are three phases: Phase 1 is concerned with downtown area whereas Phase 2 and Phase 3 are related to the outskirts and satellite towns, said DrMaungAung, an economist.