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September 17, 2019

Authorities, NGOs to launch low-cost housing for squatters in six months in Yangon Region

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein delivers the key-note adress at the ceremony to shed light on the Yangon Project Bank.  Photo: Myint Maung Soe

The Yangon Region Government is planning to launch a low-cost housing project for squatters in the region in the next six months. It plans to give priority to those who are in urgent need of accommodation so that they can buy homes on instalment and live with dignity.
“Among the squatters, the condition of women is important. By providing safety and security to women, we can improve the living standards of squatters,” said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, while disclosing the plan at a ceremony in Yangon yesterday to shed light on the Yangon Project Bank and future plans for the region.
The Yangon Region Government will work with a civil society organization to build low-cost houses on land granted by the Ministry of Construction and the Yangon City Development Committee.
Plans are under way to launch the project in the next six months.
“Preparation can take time. So, we are also planning to work with civil society organizations, including the Women for the World, as part of efforts for improving the condition of women through the housing project,” said U Phyo Min Thein.
As for the land for the project, the government is working with the Ministry of Construction and the Yangon City Development Committee, and the price of the land would be factored into the cost of the homes when they are sold to squatters under an instalment plan, he said.
The population of squatters in Yangon is increasing with people from rural areas leaving their homes and shifting to Yangon to get jobs, which are being generated with increasing investment in the region.

By Nyein Nyein
(Translated by GNLM)

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