August 19, 2016


Survey to assess unused land in Yangon industrial zones

Workers are being seen at a construction site in Thilawa Industrial Zone. File Photo: Myat Thandar Maung
Workers are being seen at a construction site in Thilawa Industrial Zone. File Photo: Myat Thandar Maung

The Directorate of Industrial Supervision for Yangon Region has announced that it will carry out a survey of unused plots of land in Yangon’s 29 industrial zones during the first week of June.
Surveys on plots within Yangon’s industrial zones began on 19 May with the aim of determining whether business activities have been implemented on them within six months of the land being granted by the government.
“We’ve finished [surveying the industrial zones] in Hlaingthaya [Township]. [Surveys] on those located in the northern district [of Yangon] are near completion. We’ll need the best part of a week to survey the 11 zones in the eastern district and the single zone in the southern district,” said U Tin Oo, head of the Department of Industry Supervision and Inspection for Yangon Region.
Current field studies have shown that warehouses for the storage of equipment have been built on most of the land within industrial zones that has not otherwise been used for the construction of factories.
“We’ve come across a lot of empty warehouses that were once rented out but have since been left vacant as this didn’t prove cost effective. There are also warehouses being used to store beans and pluses.
Big companies have partnered with factories in utilising their vacant land. These companies use the land as a place to stores their construction materials, which is not related to industrial zone activities,” added U Tin Oo.
In a bid to resolve issues of vacant land plots within zones, directives on renting out land will continue to be enforced as part of the Department of Urban and Housing Development’s implementation plan for industrial zones.
“They’ve applied for land from the Land Records Department, then left it undeveloped after receiving the land grants. The price of land increases once grants are received,” said U Myat Thin Aung, chair of the Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone.
The previous government issued directives during its term in office that stated that land must be utilised within six months for factory purposes once a land grant has been received and that it must not be used for housing or be subleased or sold off to third parties.—Myitmakha News Agency


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