By Nyein Nyein
Twenty-seven sites identified for the construction of YBS terminals have been proposed to the Yangon Region government, said U Hla Aung, Joint Secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
“The sites are owned by governmental departments and so, we still do not have clarity on how to proceed with the construction of bus terminals,” he said.
“We have not figured out how to continue with the land as they are department-owned lands. We are still not sure that the lands will be transferred. For example, we drew plans for developing the Hlinethaya bus terminal. But, the individual, who identified himself as the owner of the land, built a hut there. We have forwarded this problem to the regional government. It remains to be resolved,” said U Hla Aung.
“At present, the YRTA is coordinating the merger of individual bus operators to form public companies. The bus terminal is a must for bus-lines and the land problem is the main concern,” said U Hla Aung.
“The Yangon Region Chief Minister has said that the implementation of the bus terminals will be funded by management charges collected by the YRTA. We will spend the management charges collected,” he said.
The YRTA has constructed a YBS bus terminal on 1.7 acres of land in Pazuntaung Township at a cost of K300 million. It was opened on 29 December and can accommodate 200 buses. The terminal includes a car wash and workshops, offices, toilets, and entrance and exit gates. The Yangon Region government plans to construct bus terminals which can accommodate buses as well as private vehicles. The YRTA is currently levying a management charge of K4,000 per bus per day. More than 4,000 YBS buses are plying on Yangon roads every day. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)