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June 23, 2018

Myogyi Dam to help green Meiktila Plain

President U Thein Sein receives a warm welcome from locals in Meiktila.
President U Thein Sein receives a warm welcome from locals in Meiktila.

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein, together with the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and union ministers left Pyin Oo Lwin for the Myogyi Multipurpose Dam Project in Ywangan Township in Shan State yesterday.
The president greeted Chief Minister of Shan State U Sao Aung Myat and a group of locals who welcomed the president to the site. The president and the commander-in-chief inspected the construction of a 30 megawatt power plant and the installation of turbines before presenting fruit baskets to Chinese experts from YMEC Company who are working with their Myanmar partners to construct the dam.
The president then inspected the inflow point of the dam and the construction of the main water storage facility. After inspecting the dam, the president was briefed on the construction schedule and electricity generation.The dam will supply water to 82,000 acres of farmland currently irrigated by Zawgyi Dam and 33,000 acres in Meiktila Plain.
The president said that it is necessary to complete the project during the current government’s tenure. The project, which began in 2005-06, had come to a halt for various reasons but its completion will revitalise Meiktila Plain. Mekitila Lake has been renovated for the same purpose, the president said.
Myogyi Multipurpose Dam Project, together with other dams and reservoirs, will contribute to the greening of the entire Meiktila Plain and aid agricultural development, the president said. As the project will generate 30 megawatts of electricity it will be capable of distributing power to Ywangan in the Danu Self-Administered Zone, via existing electricity supply networks. Locals require electricity not only for household use but for industry. The state government and the self-administered zone governing body are responsible for the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It is also necessary to supply electricity to the Kyaukse Industrial Zone, the president said.
The dam is located a mile north of Myogyi Village and will store water released from Zawgyi Dam and Kyaingkhan Dam, which is still under construction, to generate 135.70 million kilowatt-hours annually and to supply water for the enrichment of Meiktila Valley.
The dam has a storage capacity of 359,550 acre-feet and 725 square-miles of watershed area. The dam will be completed in 2016.
The president, commander-in-chief and party proceeded to Meiktila in Mandalay Region where they inspected the inflow of water into the Meiktila (North) Lake before paying homage and offering flowers, lights and water at Dhammathukha Kan Oo Shwe Se Gon Pagoda. The president and party returned to Nay Pyi Taw by helicopter yesterday afternoon.

President U Thein Sein talks to a local mother and a child during his tour of Myogyi Dam.
President U Thein Sein talks to a local mother and a child during his tour of Myogyi Dam.


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