SHOP owners from the fire-gutted Mandalay Mingalar Market expressed their willingness to repair the market at a press conference yesterday.
“We are afraid of being relocated to new places from our original shops. We cannot afford to pay for the construction of a new market,” they told the media, calling for only major repairs to the fire-ravaged market.
While meeting with the shop owners on Monday, U Khin Maung Tint, member of the Mandalay City Development Committee, sought to hear their desires and concerns regarding whether to repair or replace the market, saying that the strength of the building has become weak due to the fire.
He also pointed out that the market building is not an earthquake resistant structure.
According to the MCDC, temporary shops for the fire victims are set to be built on a football ground and works are underway to kick off construction.
A fire that gutted the Mingalar Market on 22 March left 297 shops damaged.
Aung Thant Khaing