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Myanmar's remote capital is still under construction
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar, October 4 - This may be the only capital city in the whole wide globe without mobile phones or ATM. It' all a good match for Myanmar's army commanders. Welcomely in Naypyidaw, the new capital of Myanmar, where the governing regime can safely live in a mountainside jungles, far away from the calls for democratization that appear elsewhere in the state.
Yangon's capital, formerly known as Rangoon, moved to Naypyidaw (nay-pee-DAW) in 2005 and was hurriedly concluded last year as officials were trucked 250-mile northwards. International reporters who have been asked by the goverment to a few visits this year found a town that fought for its life despite a stressed populace of nearly one million people.
V.I.P.'s are flying into the city's naked Aiport. However, other humans have to withstand an 8 to 10 hour journey from Yangon on a gutted, two-lane street, which is also used by bullock-cart. An unmarked junction gives way to an eight-lane asphalt street like nowhere else in poor Myanmar.
There is a particular lack of peddlers, who make up the merchant lifestyle of most of Asia's citys. Townhall is impressive and yet strange, a vague Russian edifice with pointed roofs. It has 1,200 new four-story apartments, but its biscuit cutters and vast distances are nearer to a bustleless suburb than the busy urban lifestyle to which most Yangonans were used.
A lot of the laborers were miserable when they were compelled to move to Naypyidaw, which in Burmese means "residence of kings". Yangon's living civilization is a dark remembrance. In return, the inhabitants here receive 10 TV transmitters, 6 more than in Yangon, although most are govermental. In both towns the rents for official accommodation are free; in Naypyidaw the flats are larger.
It has a 24-hour power grid, a rare feature outside the base. A few new inhabitants have come to town. The 40-year-old spouse of a railway official, Myint Khin, put a desk in front of her flat to buy noodles. Your man, an executive, makes almost $32 a months.
Your younger employee is earning about $22 a month, much more than the vast majority of Myanmar's people, according to Foreign Ministry sources. There are many myths about why the Burmese government relocated the capital. For some, the response is in the part of the city that is reserved for the army itself, near mounds that are said to be covered with shelters.
Other people believe that the step was taken to isolating Yangon troops from Yangon's ideals and consumables. Others see it as an effort by the regime leaders, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, to make his marks in Burma's past by building a new capital like the old Myanmar masters. Naypyidaw was selected by the army for its centrality.
"The capital, which is the administration centre, must have convenient and convenient accessibility to all parts of the nation," said Information Secretary Kyaw Hsan, Brigadier General.