Published on Thursday, 03 January 2013 17:28
Myanmar businessmen are facing difficulties in buying land in Nay Pyi Taw to establish small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a businessman claims.
Though Myanmar’s new capital still has vast stretches of vacant land, those who want to set up businesses find it very difficult to buy land plots, which are mostly granted to speculators.
The Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee, which has complete control over land management, has placed restrictions on the establishment of SMEs.
According to sources, the committee has adopted a rule that businessmen may build only on land allocated by the government.
The committee also restricts SMEs in residential areas.
Businessmen usually run into difficulties when they want to set up small industries in Nay Pyi Taw as the government places restrictions on buying land plots and applying for land permits.
When reporters from Eleven Media Group asked a committee official about the delay in applying for land permits, he replied that those who had bought land plots from the government would be allowed to buy more only after they have put up buildings on the plots.
Another difficulty is going through the documentation process up to the level of President's Office, give the guarantee that owners will construct buildings on their plots and accept inspections made by the Home Affairs Ministry. After one has applied for a land permit, one cannot get a land plot allocated easily.
"According to the committee, I tried to look for a land plot for my business in Shewekyabin area in Nay Pyi Taw. But I could not as the place is in a residential area. So I sought another place in Ottarathiri Township as directed by the Special Planning Department. But all the plots have been allocated. Finally, we found a place in the same township. Now I have applied for a land permit for two months. But I haven’t acquired a plot yet,” said a publisher on condition of anonymity.
According to sources, he said the delay was due to the fact that owners failed to put up buildings on their allocated land plots.
The government however takes no action against some landowners although they have not constructed any buildings.
Nay Pyi Taw needs SMEs as the population increases but getting a land permit is very difficult.
Although there are still vast stretches of vacant land in Nay Pyi Taw, land management is only in the hands of the City Development Committee.
The government is reluctant to allocate land for small industries, but has permitted far more spacious plots for car centers and garages.
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