Flooding and inundation that occurs annually in Yangon during the rainy season will be resolved with US$100 million from a US$125 million loan obtained from the World Bank, said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein yesterday.
The remark came at the press conference on the one-year performance of the government in Yangon yesterday.
There is flooding and inundation during heavy rain because drains are clogged with garbage. New construction also blocked the drains and underground pipes.
In addition, water collecting ponds that existed in the past prevented flooding and inundation in Yangon and construction of such ponds will be done, said Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe.
At the press conference on their one-year performance in Mingalar Hall yesterday, Yangon Region ministers explained by sectors their performance and responded to questions raised by the media.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said he is satisfied with the one-year performance of the regional government, adding that in some cases, success can be seen within a short time but for others, the results can be seen only after the passage of a few years.
A master plan for development of Yangon was drawn up by the regional government in cooperation with international organisations like Japan International Cooperation Agency and Alliance Francaise (French Cultural Center) while upgrading of the industrial zone was also conducted, said U Phyo Min Thein.
The Yangon Bus Service (YBS) system that is now up to international standards was rolled out on 16 Januaryto reduce traffic congestion, with plans underway to start the Yangon Water Bus that will ply the Yangon River/Hlaing River and Nga Moe Yeik Creek.
In the agricultural sector, the one-year performance featured maintenance of drains, dikes and sluice gates, said U Han Tun, the minister for agriculture, livestock and irrigation. Distribution of high-yield, good-quality seeds and training, education, research and development of agriculture methods were also conducted.
During the past year, aging and cluttered electric cables were replaced and the main power grid line and electric power sub-stations were constructed, said minister for electricity, industry, road and communication Daw Nilar Kyaw. She added that in addition to the Yangon populace, work is being done to provide full electricity to industrial zones, including the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
Work programmes of the Yangon regional government include potable water supply required under the city and rural development, upgrading of waterway transport, upgrading of 29 industrial zones in the region and upgrading of Thilawa SEZ.
In addition, arrangements for the upgrading of the Yangon circular railway, implementing an upgrade of the Yangon railway station based on a design that includes the railway, car parking, shopping mall and roads for vehicles, resettling and resolving the requirements of the squatters in the region and setting up and upgrading of new satellite towns were conducted, it was learnt.
Similarly, rural development works were implemented in Thanlyin, Thongwa, Kawhmu, Hmawby, Taikkyi townships during fiscal year 2016-2017, using the Ks300 lakh rural development fund.
Furthermore, Ks32.2 billion earmarked for road overpasses were diverted to rural development works in 12 townships outside of the Yangon city development area. Rural development works that include concrete road construction, pond digging and bridge construction were done in Twantay, Thongwa, Kungyangon, Taikkyi, Dagon Myothit (east) townships using Ks1 billion.
Ks64 billion is invested in the construction of buildings to resolve the difficulties caused by squatting and for departments and organisations of City Bank under the Yangon City Development Committee, while Ks70 billion is invested in the public bus company under the YBS system.
By Ko Moe, Zaw Gyi
(Panita), Su Hnin Le