Yangon factories now down to two hours of electricity per day

The new limit imposed by the regime cuts access in half and significantly increases the cost of doing business, say factory owners

Factory owners in Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon say their daily ration of electricity has been reduced to just two hours—half what it was until the start of this week.

Junta officials announced the measure during meetings held last week with business owners operating in the city’s industrial zones, sources told Myanmar Now.

“It started on Sunday [May 19]. I am currently at the industrial zone and everyone here is using generators right now,” said the owner of a factory at the Shwe Lin Ban industrial zone in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar Township.

He said the reason given for the move was “current conditions of the electricity generation process”—referring to acute power shortages affecting Yangon and the rest of the country. 

In an interview with the BBC’s Burmese-language service, Kyaw Thu, the executive director of the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC), said the aim. . .

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