August 14, 2017

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New sluice gate installed over Barla Creek

Photo shows a bird’s eye view of newly constructed sluice gate over Barla Creek.  Photo: Soe Win (MLA)

A NEW sluice gate to control the flow of water has successfully been built by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation over Barla Creek, located on the outskirts of Yangon.
Barla Creek flows from the eastern part of Hmawby Township to Mingaladon and Hlegu townships. The old Barla Creek is about 19 miles in length and the new Barla Creek is about 5.6 miles long. The old and new creeks meet near Barla Village and continue to flow into the Ngamoeyeik Creek through the Hsinphone sluice gate near Shwepaukkan Myothit.
Villages around the creek and Yangon-Mandalay Road experience flooding every year during the rainy season.
There are a total of 11 bridges over the Barla Creek. A sluice gate had already been constructed over the creek, but it was not able to reduce the increasing amount of water caused by heavy rain and high tides. This prompted the water authority to build a new gate to help control the flow of water and prevent flooding.
Upon completion of the project, the new 8-ft wide, 8-ft high sluice gate has helped reduce the amount of water from the creek after heavy rains caused by the storm on the last four consecutive days in May.
The construction of the gate was initiated in January and concluded in late April.—Soe Win (MLA)

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