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Park visitors raise concerns over rowdy behaviour

Adolescents and young people lose themselves to the temptation of over-indulgence in a swimming pool.
Adolescents and young people lose themselves to the temptation of over-indulgence in a swimming pool.

Yangon, 23 July — Visitors to parks in the former capital of Yangon have raised concern about rowdy behaviour and a lack of safety in recreation and amusement areas, demanding better management of these public spaces.
“People’s Park and People’s Square have become a disgrace to the beautiful culture of the Myanmar people, especially due to young revellers losing themselves to the music playing in the swimming pool,” a park security worker said. “Sometimes their revelry turns to brawls.”
The park is located at the bottom of the Singuttara Hill, on which the world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda stands.
Shwe Taing Shwe Pyi Company leased a 3.13-acre plot to operate a recreation centre with swimming pools, water slides, joy rides and water fountain gardens.
“The lease will expire in March 2038, but the contract is renewed every five years, which includes setting new rents and changes to terms of conditions as well. The current yearly rent is over K15.4 million,” said U Ko Ko Lin, an official of the Yangon City Development Council.
The recreation centre currently receives 1,000 to 5,000 visitors every day, earning at least K1 million. The admission fee is K1,000 per head. Some businesspeople have calculated that the company’s total annual earning will hit K3.6 billion.
Officials said plans are under way to stop sales of alcohol in restaurants  in parks to ensure visitors can relax and enjoy themselves. Khin Yadana

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