August 19, 2016

Japan helps Yangon clear its drains

THE Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has made it known that sewage drain cleaning initiatives in the city have begun with assistance from the Japanese.
In the past, drains used to be cleaned using only man power, but work is currently being carried out across six townships in Yangon using funded machinery from the Osaka based Japanese Sekisui Chemical company.
“We are cleaning with machinery in heavily populated areas. These [Japanese] machines use the force of water to suck out all the dirty water. We’ve only just started cleaning with this system.” said U Thein Min, deputy head of the YCDC Water and Sanitation Department.
The six township to receive the cleaning are Kyauktada, Botahtaung, Lanmadaw, Pazundaung, Latha and Pabedan, all located in downtown Yangon.
The Japanese Sekisui Chemical company donated machinery to examine and clean drains and sewage pipes located between apartment blocks.
The items donated include instruments to gauge hazardous chemicals in the water, breathing apparatus and water resistant cameras, it is known from the aforementioned department of the YCDC.
“We’re carrying out this pilot project in advance of Japan’s drawn up master plan. The governments of Japan and Myanmar are working together on this.” added U Thein Min.
The project will involve a total of 35 municipal staff from the Water and Sanitation Department in the form of engineers and workers.
“Women can be involved in the process of examining [the drains] as modern equipment will be used. The machines will be able to check whether drains are cracked and whether there are chemicals in the pipes which are harmful to humans.” explained the assistant head of the Engineer Department of the YCDC.
Previously, workers used to descend into the drains and manually clean them, whereas now sewage drains can be inspected using CCTV cameras and be cleaned with machinery.
The activity of cleaning the back ally drains in Yangon is currently confined to six townships, but there are plans to continue such initiatives to other townships in the city at a later date, it is known.—Myitmakha News Agency


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