Myitmakha News Agency
Yangon, September 14 – bids for tender to tear down the existing fire-damaged Mingalar Market in Yangon’s Mingalar Taungnyunt Township will be called through state-owned newspapers during the third week of September, Myitmakha News Agency has been informed.
Hluttaw MPs, members of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), representatives of the Mingalar Market, together with market sellers, reportedly convened for talks – regarding on the matter regarding the pulling down of the market – on the afternoon of September 12 at the temporary supervisory building, Super One.
“The talks were focused on the tearing down of the Mingalar Market. Apparently word has been received from Yangon Region Hluttaw and the Yangon Mayor to tear down the building. As such, tenders will be called through state-owned newspapers this week. Two weeks have been allocated to secure a firm for the task as the building will start to be dismantled at the end of this month. Roughly speaking, it should take about two months to completely tear it down. Further bids for tender will then be called for the rebuilding of the market so that there is no delay between it being torn down and reconstructed,” U Hla Htay, Yangon Hluttaw MP for Mingalar Taungnyunt, told Myitmakha News Agency.
Negotiations have reportedly been made with representatives and sellers of the market for them not to carry goods while doors and fixtures are being taken down, as well as with shopkeepers for them to remove any remaining stock in a timely manner.
“I’ve asked for a shop unit, whether it’s 5 or 7 feet squared, in the same manner as my current one, as well as the new market to allow for delivery cars to be able to reach all floors via an attached car park,” said U Aung Aung Soe, a Mingalar Market representative of the first floor.
A committee for the tearing down of the market was reportedly formed, comprised of market representatives and sellers together with members of the Mingalar Market Commission, at the meeting on September 12 in a bid to mitigate any hindrances to the tearing down of the market.
The Mingalar Market caught fire back in the early hours of January 6 this year. A total of 1,636 shop units were completely gutted as the fire ripped through both third and fourth floors. The cost of the damage is reportedly worth over K30 billion.