Urban administration and development

Urban policy and administration

Looking for a fix for Asia's traffic woes

With no single cause, and no magic solution, the congestion of Asia’s cities requires government resolve and know-how to fix. Urban congestion, more commonly known as traffic, is probably the most painful daily experience for people living in modern cities. It costs our time, ruins our ...

Yi Jiang

Mekong region cities ‘face same problems’

Cities in the Mekong River region are facing common challenges from urbanisation, experts say. These cities are seeing their heritage roots disappear as they grow too quickly, and their residents don’t have the chance to set their own path for urban development.Keep reading ...


PM pushes for strict urban planning, traffic control

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to enhance urban management and consider suitable transport options to ease traffic and reduce road accidents. Mr Thongloun put these issues to officials in his address at the ministry’s annual meeting ...

UNESCO, government to train Bagan masons

The masons tasked with rebuilding hundreds of crumbling pagodas in Bagan will receive training from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Bagan Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library later this month, department director U Aung Aung Kyaw told The Myanmar Times.`A 6.8-magnitude earthquake near ...

Lack of budget hampering MCDC: mayor

Mandalay City’s municipal authority is staring at a long development to-do list, and a lack of funds to do it with, the mayor told regional lawmakers last week. Improving Myanmar’s second-biggest city will depend on finances, U Ye Lwin, mayor and head of Mandalay City Development ...

Compromise Mahakan plan 'possible'

In what appears to be a compromise to the long-standing Mahakan Fort conflict, a panel under the Committee for the Conservation of Rattanakosin says it is open to new resolutions to the land dispute which may include an alternative plan to allow the old community to ...

Thai Government media campaign to promote Chao Phraya project

Construction of the controversial Bt14-billion Chao Phraya Landmark project is expected to start early next year, according to a source close to the project. The source also said on 21 February that Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan had ordered state radio and TV stations ...

Hor Pha Keo restoration nearing completion

Renovation of the Hor Pha Keo Museum is now about 80 percent complete, according to the Vice Mayor of Vientiane Mr Saythong Keoduangdy. Speaking at a press conference at the museum on 16 February, Mr Saythong said the first phase of the restoration was almost 100 ...

Structures by Phnom Penh canal flattened

A collection of houses and other structures belonging to nine families living alongside a canal in the capital’s Russey Keo district was destroyed on 18 January by a large group of men sent by local authorities. The Beung Salang villagers had been previously told to vacate a ...

Trash pact in crosshairs

City Hall has warned Phnom Penh’s sole waste management firm that it has just one more opportunity to lift its game before its oft-criticised contract comes under threat. Following a meeting on 12 January between Cintri and local authorities to review the firm’s performance, Ieng Aunny, deputy ...

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