The Yangon City Development Committee has announced a two-year plan to upgrade the Aung Mingalar highway bus station, a city official announced last week.
“The first stage of our plan is to improve the highway station. After that, we will upgrade the highway station to international standards,” said U Nyan Tun Aung, a YCDC official.
“The station is not formed very well, because Aung Mingalar used to be a big market. The government transformed it to a highway station later,” he said.
U Nyan Tun Aung said that the YCDC is repairing the roads to the highway and building a bus-arrival stand as their first priority.
“Normally, passengers experience difficulty during the rainy season. Therefore, we are planning to build a bus station and we will make some driveways for taxis. This can solve the problems between passenger traffic and taxi traffic,” he said.
He said that the bus station should be complete within six months; at least 50 highway buses will be able to park at the station simultaneously.
“There are a total of 20 roads in the station compound. We are repairing them one-by-one. Seventeen of the roads will be built with concrete and three with tar. We will make some vinyl signboards for direction,” he said.
U Nyan Tun Aung added that the YCDC will find an investor for a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession contract for the second phase of the upgrade.
“For our later plans, we will announce them when we finish our first priorities,” he said.
U Nyan Tun Aung said the YCDC could not disclose the budget on the project.