Friday, June 17, 2011

Municipality pledges to clean up vendors on the streets

Friday, 17 June 2011 18:56 Mizzima News

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Rangoon City Development Committee (YCDC) has said again it wants to remove many roadside vendors from Rangoon streets.

Roadside vendors in Rangoon are subject to be removed
from doing business unless they live in the same township
as their business. Photo: Mizzima
In an altercation last week between a government worker and a rice shop owner, the worker was injured. City workers are concerned about more hostile reactions, said a source.

The announcement came during a press conference with Hla Aye of the YCDC development committee, who said he was not concerned about the vendors’ angry reactions.

The YCDC said that it would use 500 staff members to take part in the campaign to remove unauthorized vendors from city sidewalks.

The main area of the campaign is six townships of downtown Rangoon, and especially the townships of Kyauktada, Pabedan and Latha, where an estimated 3,300 roadside vendors conduct business.

Hla Aye said that the municipality would permit vendors who live in the three townships to do their business in an open-air area near the Bogyoke market by building 1,600 shops.

The authority said it would ban other vendors who live outside these townships from doing business in the townships.

In the area under YCDC control, there are an estimated 49,000 roadside vendors. Most of the vendors are believed to be from suburbs or the outskirts of Rangoon.

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