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February 27, 2018

Floating dyke building and dredging in NyaungOo suspended

The Ayeyawady River is being dredged in NaungOo.
The Ayeyawady River is being dredged in NaungOo.

WITH river waters rising, the floating dyke building and dredging operation in NyaungOo water way have been forced to suspend operations for a while, said U Aung Myo Khaing, deputy director from the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR).
The department has been implementing Component-3 of the Ayeyawady Integrated River Basin Management Project with loans from the World Bank. To facilitate ship transportation in NyaungOo, dredging and floating dyke building activities was launched on 1 April, 2016. These activities have been suspended for a while starting from 12 May because of the increased river water. Activity will resume as soon as the river water recedes, said U Aung Myo Khaing.
There are two floating dykes with a length of 550 metres and 420 metres each. The river water has risen by about six metres while implementing the project. Only 15 per cent of the project is completed. Dredging has also been put off.
Implementing the project is dependant on the weather. The Pakokku water way improvement is also included in the project, provided by the World Bank. This task will be continued without delay, he added.
Downstream and upstream dredging in Pakokku water way is expected to take three months.
The total cost for the project on both the NyaungOo and Pakokku water ways stands at around US$ 1.2 million, according to the figures of the department.
There are cruises for tourists along the Ayeyawady-NyaungOo water way. To ensure safety of the vessels in the river, a project under Component-3 which will give the water way markers in the river will be included.


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