October 20, 2017

Pavilions permitted to pump water from Mandalay moat

Thingyan revellers enjoy water festival in Mandalay last year. Photo: Tin Maung (Mandalay)
Thingyan revellers enjoy water festival in Mandalay last year. Photo: Tin Maung (Mandalay)

A TOTAL of 150 water pumps, 75 each for the pavilions set up at the west and north sides of the Mandalay Palace moat, will be allowed during 2016 Maha Thingyan Festival, announced the Mandalay City Development Committee.
The decision allowing the use of the moat came after a meeting of the Mandalay Region government on 1 April.
According to the results of the meeting, those who want to use water pumps will have to pay a fee of K200,000 to the MCDC.
“We decided to allow the pavilions to pump water out of the moat at the festival as there will be no impact on water usage by pumping water out of the moat,” said an official from the MCDC.
However, those who use the water pumps must follow instructions issued by the MCDC, which bans the use of gas-powered water pumps, nozzles and fire hydrants.
Around 30 million gallons of water are expected to be used during the Myanmar New year festival, and authorities hope to reduce water usage to nearly half the usage levels in previous years by limiting water-throwing hours, added the official.
Water-throwing hours have been set from 8am to 12pm and from 3pm to 6pm. The use of unpermitted water pumps will result in fines of K300,000.—Aung Thant Khaing

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