The authorities will build a stadium on a plot in Ward 46 in North Dagon Myo Thit where 25 houses were built illegally.
The plot, owned by the township development committee, has 25 small huts where some poor families have been living for nearly six years. The families were given eviction notice on January 5.
“We will start building the stadium this month after destroying the houses. The construction work will finish by the end of this year,” U Hla Myo, assistant administrator of the township’s Development Committee, said.
The free public stadium will include three fields for football, Chinlone (traditional cane ball) and other games.
However, U Hla Myo said the department hasn’t made any estimation of the expenditure and that the financial details will be revealed later.
The families living in the illegally-built houses have submitted a request letter to the township authority to allow them to stay until the end of this academic year as many of them has school-going children.
“This area is near to many schools. We have submitted our plea but we don’t know the authorities’ decision yet,” Ko Myo Min, a settler from that area said.
The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) earlier said it will remove all the illegal settlements around the city and build stadiums and parks in those places.