Foundation Laid for Japan Funded Housing Project

Foundation being laid for Japan Funded Housing Project.
Foundation being laid for Japan Funded Housing Project.

A Foundation laying ceremony for a low-cost housing project for poor and vulnerable families in Dagon Seikkan Township took place Wednesday.
The Government of Japan funded UN-Habitat to provide the housing and basic services facilities for families in the vicinity of the project area.
The housing project is designed to be made up of 12 units of 5 storey buildings for 240 vulnerable families.
The  foundation laying ceremony for the  first batch of 6 buildings was jointly officiated  by Counsellor Mr. Matsuo Hideaki of the Embassy of Japan, Deputy Director U Sai Thet Naing Moe of the Department of Urban and Housing Development, UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager Mr. Bijay Karmacharya,  Director Dr. U Toe Aung of the Urban Division of the Yangon City Development Committee, U Aung Kyaw Oo   Integrated Apartment Users’ Committee (IAUC) Chairperson, Van Lizar Aung  Director of Women for the World, U Saw Htwe Zaw of S&A Co LTd, and U Ohn Myint, Managing Director of Civil Tech Co Ltd.
In his opening remarks Mr. Bijay Karmacharya, Country Programme Manager of UN-Habitat Myanmar stressed that this was a pioneering pilot project which will contribute to defining approaches to solving housing problems faced by poor and vulnerable families.
Counsellor Mr. Matsuo Hideaki of the Embassy of Japan in his remarks on the occasion noted that this was an auspicious first time that the Government of Japan had made available grant assistance for the purpose of housing construction for the poor and vulnerable in Myanmar.
On behalf of the beneficiaries the chairperson of the IAUC U Aung Kyaw Oo expressed deep gratitude to the Government of Japan and to UN–Habitat for their assistance in building for the vulnerable.
Dagon Myo Thit (Seik Kan) township is located in the eastern part of the commercial capital Yangon. The town was established in the 1990s and was planned as an industrial zone.  At present, it has a population of about 166,000.
Construction will initially cover 6 units. The families were chosen following a process of social mobilisation and arduous beneficiary selection based on vulnerability criteria.  Land for the housing project was made available by the Ministry of Construction.

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