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HUMAN SETTLEMENT AND HOUSING
Activities of Public Works
     Public Works is undertaking four primary functions. These are - the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges and upgrading works of the same, which are the main functions of the Ministry of Construction, the construction and maintenance of the budgetted works of airfields assigned by the Ministry of Transport and the construction and maintenance of the budgetted works of factories, offices, hospitals, colleges, schools and buildings assigned by other Ministries.
  • To draw up the feasibility and implementation of the urban and regional planning of the whole country.
  • To draw up the feasibility and implementation of the property development of the whole country.
  • To manage and maintain the Government land in the Yangon City Development Area.
  • To manage the Government buildings and housing estates.
  • To carry out the feasibility study and planning of the water sanitation of the whole country.
  • To carry out the Yangon City Underground Water resources.
  • To supervise the budgeting of the development in accordance with the allotted budget.
  • To assist in the development projects of the border areas and to carry out the implementation of the development as laid down by the Central Body and Authorities.
   The Department of Human Settlement & Housing Development is upgrading the living standard of the people by promoting the urban and regional development, by establishing industrial zones at the new satellite towns. It also enhance the productivity of the economy and create job opportunities for the people.
    In doing so, it has launched a new strategy to solve the housing problem. Formerly, it has only been, a "Complete Housing Scheme" to solve the scarcity of housing and have now increased the momentum by initiating the following strategies:
  • Site and Services Schemes
  • Slums Upgrading Schemes
  • Urban Development Schemes
  • Sale of Residential and Industrial Plots
  • Implementation of Smooth and Rapid Communication
    Furthermore it also undertakes the Water and Sanitation Projects. Estate and Land Management and Foreign Earning Projects.
Urban Redevelopment Schemes
     To be in line with the Urban Regional planning, the slum area and low class
housing along the main roads of the Yangon City have been redeveloped. Thus over 8000 units have been built according to the "From the Hut to the Apartment Schemes". Also in the "High Class Housing Complex and Commercial Complex Schemes", over 2000 units have been built in the suburbs like Kyauktada, Lanmadaw, Botataung, Pazundaung Bahan, Tamwe, Thingangyun, Ahlone, Kamaryut, Hlaing, Insein and Mayangone Townships.
Sales of Residential and Industrial Plots
     With the objectives of developing industries, thus promoting production and creating job opportunities for the people and for the recovery of the budget which the Department of Human Settlement & Housing Development have spent for the development, about 300000 plots of land for residential use have been sold at Mine Thayar, Shwe Pyitha and Dagon Myothit and 3746 plots, 2057 acres for industrial use.
Implementation of Smooth and Rapid Communications
    For the smooth communications, laterite and asphalt concrete roads have been built according to the needs of the situation. Thus AC roads have been built along the Mine Thayar north-south connecting roads, the roads of Industrial Zones (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) and the roads of Shwe Pyithar and Dagon Myothit which connect the main wards and related industrial zones. Furthermore, other roads in the new satellite towns are now being upgraded.
Water and Sanitation Works
     Feasibility study have been done for the provision of water supply and sanitation for the whole country. Thus planning and implementation of water supply for the estates, issuing of license for artesian wells within in City Development Area and drilling of artesian wells in the new towns are being carried out.
Housting & Estate Management
    The department is responsible for the management of housing estates. Government buildings, civil buildings and other nationalized buildings in the Yangon City as well as 29 towns in the whole country. Rental charges have been realized every year for renting 14 buildings to the diplomats.
Land Management
    The Department of Human Settlement & Housing Development has handed over the jurisdiction of Land Management to the Yangon City Development Committee on the since 1 July 1992 and is responsible only for the management of government lands in the Yangon City Development Area.
Foreign Exchange Earning Projects
     As a source of Foreign Exchange Income, the Department is embarking on the scheme of leasing the Department of Human Settlement & Housing Development owned land and renting buildings to various embassies, commercial and international bodies. Forming of joint venture enterprise for investment with the domestic and foreign companies are also being carried out.
 
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