Saturday, April 4, 2015

Wide Roads in Myanmar Capital Were Built for Aircraft Landings

South China Morning Post
5 April 2015

Ten years after it was unveiled as Myanmar's vast new capital, Naypyidaw has everything required of a major international city - except people. Matt Kennard and Claire Provost report

Driving through Naypyidaw, the purpose-built capital of Myanmar, it's easy to forget you're in the middle of one of Southeast Asia's poorest countries.

The roads have up to 20 lanes and stretch as far as the eye can see (the rumour is these grandiose boulevards were built to enable aircraft to land on them in the event of anti-government protests or other "disturbances"). […]