February 10, 2017

Breaking News

Pakokku waterway micro-project to be completed by June

The site of Pakokku waterway micro-project. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency
The site of Pakokku waterway micro-project. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency

A PAKOKKU waterway development micro-project will be carried out between March and June this year, according to the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of Water Systems.
The aim of the micro-project is to improve the flow of water along the stretch of waterways connecting Pakkoku with Nyaung Oo.  The directorate announced the project at a press conference at Yangon’s Central Hotel on 8 March.
“Pakkoku and Nyaung Oo are places most affected by problems along the stretch of the Ayeyawady River between Manadalay and Nyaung Oo.
It’s imperative that this project is carried out because the waterways could be destroyed if it is not completed this year.
If we do not dig these water channels then water could flow into other water routes, such as the wharf in Nyaung Oo. This project will provide assistance with supporting against riverbank erosion,” said U Win Hlaing, director of the
Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of Water Systems.  Digging will be carried out by dredgers at low-tide hours between March and June this year.
The directorate also announced that the project is being carried out with an interest-free loan from the World Bank of approximately K1 billion (US$819,000).
“The upper and lower stretches of Pakkoku will be dredged. We will build river diversions and dams within Nyaung Oo. We will open up the top entrance of the sandbank we are developing. Once completed, we will then open up the mouth of the lower sandbank.
This will allow the water to flow through naturally when the tide rises. We have sufficient dredging equipment [to carry out these activities],” U Win Hlaing continued.
The project is part of a larger Ayeyawady River management project that started in the 2015-16 fiscal year with an interest-free loan from the World Bank of $100 million, which will continue until 2020.

Comments

Related posts

Translate »