Survey reveals over 1,700 plots of vacant land within Yangon’s industrial zones

A COMPILED list of over 1,700 plots of vacant land from within industrial zones of the greater Yangon Region will be presented to regional government tomorrow, according to the Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection for Yangon Region.
The majority of vacant plots from among Yangon’s 29 industrial zones are reportedly located within the Myaung Takar Industry Zone.
“Of course, these plots have been fenced off. They’re completely void of any enterprise implementation; they’re all left sitting idle. Some industrial zones feature only a few vacant plots, while some use just two or three plots for the storage of raw materials. It looks as though their using up a great deal of land with one form of enterprise. The land is used up for warehouses, offices and housing. In actual fact, their [factories] only take up two-thirds of their space.” said U Tin Oo, head of the Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection for Yangon Region.
Work began on compiling a list of vacant plots of land within all of Yangon Region’s industrial zones on 19 May this year, which has revealed many instances of land for the construction of factories being used in lieu for storage, offices and staff accommodation.
In order to mitigate any grievances between industrial zone owners during the conducted of the vacant plots survey, the data collection was reportedly carried out systematically by a team made up of the Urban Housing Department, Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), representatives of industrial zones concerned, together with members of the township level General Administration Departments.
Chairpersons of industrial zones have voiced that a survey on vacant plots of land has been collected but that they are still to receive any instruction as to how the plots of land must be handled.
“The government led team has carried out their survey. But a directive is still yet to be passed on whether or not the vacant land is to be confiscated. They’ve already issued a directive which states that brick walls must be built by three months of industrial zone implementation, with completion of buildings within a year.” said U Aye Thaung, chair of the Shwe Lin Pan Industrial Zone.
A vast number of vacant plots of land have reportedly been discovered in industrial zones located with Yangon’s northern district, while industrial zones situated in east and southern districts of the region have utilized a great deal more of land within their zones.—Myitmakha News Agency

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