December 18, 2016

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New Revenue Streams — Vessels in Ayeyawady, Chindwin rivers charged new toll fees

Boats are anchored in the Ayeyawady River in Bagan. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Boats are anchored in the Ayeyawady River in Bagan. Photo: Aye Min Soe

THE Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems has begun collecting toll fees from watercrafts under a new system as of 1 February, according to a directorate official.
“The new toll fees for boats are calculated based on miles the watercrafts have travelled and are meant to be fair for both sides,” said U Win Hlaing, the director of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems  for Upper Myanmar.
According to the new rules, fees are set at K200 for a vessel less than 39 foot long.
A vessel weighing less than one tonne will be charged at K48 per mile for the 120-mile route from Twante to Hinthada, and a vessel that weights over one tonne will be charged K36 per mile for the same route.
The directorate is planning to open 10 stations in the Ayeyawady and Chindwin rivers.
Currently, stations have been opened in Mandalay, Magway, Pyay and Monywa, and the directorate will open stations in Kalewa and Katha this month, the official said.
Apart from collecting fees, the stations are also tasked with ensuring that boats on the rivers are in good condition and are driving according to the law.—Aung Thant Khaing

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