August 19, 2016

giving the green light — YCDC moves forward with K20 bn traffic light overhaul

Yangon’s traffic lights will be upgraded to ease congestion in the country’s commercial capital.—Photo: Aye Min Soe
Yangon’s traffic lights will be upgraded to ease congestion in the country’s commercial capital.—Photo: Aye Min Soe

The Yangon City Development Committee announced on Thursday that the deadline for tenders to be submitted for the city-wide traffic light upgrading project is 13 November.
The project is part of an effort to introduce the Yangon Comprehensive Traffic Control System, which is slated for completion within the 2015-2016 fiscal year. YCDC is injecting K20 billion (US$15.6 million) of the state’s reserve budget into the project, according to YCDC Secretary U Kyaw Soe.
YCDC unveiled its plan to replace 154 traffic lights in Yangon with newer ones in an effort to ease traffic congestion in Myanmar’s largest commercial city. The call for tenders was issued in July.
A maximum of 50 companies will be allowed to bid for the tender and 28 companies have already done so, according to the YCDC announcement.
Tender applications cost K250,000, and each company that bids for the project must put down a US$500,000 deposit.
The new traffic lights will feature CCTV cameras and will be linked to each other via a control tower that will be constructed as part of the project, a spokesperson from YCDC’s information department told The Global New Light of Myanmar on 2 September.
The three-storey control tower will be built on a 100-square foot area in People’s Park. Construction is expected to begin in November, and the tower is scheduled to be completed within three months.
The upgrade is meant ensure a smoother flow of traffic and prevent unnecessary congestion, the spokesperson said.
YCDC has almost finished laying the underground cables for the project, Secretary U Kyaw Soe said. The new traffic lights will each be equipped with at least one hour of backup power to prevent failures during electricity cuts.
The YCDC spokesperson did not disclose the number of companies that will be selected to implement the project in Yangon’s four municipal districts.
The spokesperson said Yangon has 188 traffic lights in its municipal area, of which 11 have already been upgraded with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The new traffic lights, which use Japanese technology, collect traffic data and send it to a central control system. They do not require the assistance of traffic police.—GNLM


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