The Department of Urban and Housing Development (DUHD) under Ministry of Construction is undertaking four mega urban projects in Yangon, the commercial capital and Mandalay, a commercial and cultural city of the Republic of Union of Myanmar. The projects aim to provide people with employment, boost production sector, create a green environment and a place that is more adaptable to environmental changes. These projects are New Mandalay Resort City, Eco Green City, Korea-Myanmar Industry Complex and Smart District.
New Mandalay Resort City Project
The project is located near mile post 21 on Mandalay-Muse Road (AH-1) in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region covering about 9,893 acres. The project will be developed in three phases. Phase One covers 2,200 acres comprising of an IT facility, convention centre, schools and a commercial zone that includes banks, offices and retail places. Phase Two covers 2,919 acres with land allocated for industry and tourism sector. Phase Three with 4,774 acres will consist of housing, hotels, recreation and entertainment facility such as a golf course. Under Union level supervision a Steering Committee was formed to handle the project. Members of the Steering Committee lay down project related policies. A feasibility study was carried out by Surbana Jurong, Singapore’s largest engineering firm and one of the largest Asia-based global urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms. Developers were three local groups Khin Myanmar Development, Central Irrawaddy Development and Shwe Taung Development. Upon completion of the project, it will provide modern accommodations and job opportunities for locals while raising their living standard.
Korea-Myanmar Industrial Complex Project
Korea-Myanmar Industrial Complex Project is located near Nyaunghnapin, Hlegu Township just west of mile post 5 miles 6 furlong of Yangon-Mandalay Expressway. It covers a land area of 555 acres. Korea Land and Housing Corporation (KLHC) and DUHD were partnering to construct a US$ 110 million industrial zone in Nyaunghnapin. KLHC and DUHD were investing 60 and 40 per cent respectively in the project. KLHC is a Korea government-owned corporation which is responsible for the development of land in cities, and the maintenance and management of land housing. MoU on Korea-Myanmar Industrial Complex Project was signed in 2015 and the MoA in 2017. The construction period is five years and was started in 2018 with completion targeted for 2023. The project will comprise of small, medium and heavy industries, one stop services, labour-intensive sector, staff housing, park, water treatment plant, a management office and business service zones.
Ministry of Construction said in 2018 May that the project will provide 50,000 to 100,000 jobs when completed.
Eco Green City Project
Eco Green City Project is located between three mile one furlong and five mile two furlong mile posts of Yangon-Mandalay Expressway in Hlegu Township, Yangon Region covering an area of 1,453 acres. It is ten miles from the under construction Hanthawady International Airport. DUHD and Alliance Stars Group of Company, a local company, were partnering to implement the project. Construction period of the two phase project is 10 years. Phase One of the project comprises of low-cost housing, government administrative offices and a retail area. Phase Two comprises of an international standard hospital, schools, hotel zone and a public recreational area. Once completed, it will provide accommodation for 30,000 to 40,000 people and create about 15,000 jobs.
Smart District Project
This project covers 1,100 acres in Dagon Seikkan Township, Yangon Region. It is a joint venture between DUHD and local property developer Shwe Taung Company. The project is bordered by Ayeyawun Road in the east, Bago River in the west, Seikkantha Street in south and Shweli Road in the north. It is 8 miles away or 30 minutes drive from central business district of Yangon. Investment volume is about Ks 250 billion and once completed it will provide 13,000 apartments and create job opportunities in the commercial use areas.
Through implementing the four mega urban projects DUHD of Ministry of Construction is creating safe and durable housing for the public in accordance with its motto “DUHD always serving for better livings” in addition to creating new employments and sustainable development.