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November 16, 2018

Road extension, new building constructions banned in Bagan

Pagodas of Bagan with a procession of traditional carts in the foreground. Photo: Phoe Khwar
Pagodas of Bagan with a procession of traditional carts in the foreground. Photo: Phoe Khwar

THE expansion of roads, the paving of new concrete roads and the construction of new buildings in Bagan ancient cultural zone have been prohibited by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, according to a report of the Myawady Daily issued on Sunday.
A spokesperson from the ministry said that demolition of structures and fence within the compound of pagodas have been carried out by the cultural authorities in cooperation with the region administration bodies. He continued to say that the department of archaeological research under the Ministry has already submitted a proposal to nominate Bagan area on the world heritage list in the third week of September. The ministry will not allow the paving of not only tarred roads but also concrete roads even after it has been listed on the world heritage list.
A body including experts from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will make a field trip to the Bagan by early next year.
At the present time, negotiations are being made between the ministry and responsible officials from the UNESCO on the break-even period for under-construction hotels. Under the agreement, they will have to be moved to hotel zones described in the town plan.—GNLM

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