July 01, 2017

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President inspects irrigation and road facilities in Ayeyawady, Yangon

Engineers and skilled workers building Mezali sluice gate (2) in Nyaungdon Township. Photo: MNA
Engineers and skilled workers building Mezali sluice gate (2) in Nyaungdon Township. Photo: MNA

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein conducted an inspection tour of a sluice gate project in Nyaungdon township, Ayeyawady Region, yesterday afternoon.
At the briefing hall officials reported on the construction of sluices to prevent the accumulation of sediment in the  Panhlaing river and their efforts to complete construction in a timely manner.
Union Ministers U Ohn Myint, U Soe Thane and Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe presented reports on the supply of water to the former capital, flood-prevention measures, arrangements for the irrigation of cropland and the storage of fresh water.
The irrigation infrastructure is currently 20% complete and is expected to supply water to 40.000 acres of farmland. According to irrigation officers, the facility is designed to prevent flooding in the rainy season.
The president also inspected the Panhlaing sluice gate. Opened on 12 December 1995, the facility has water storage to irrigate 25,404 acres of farmland.
The President proceeded to Htantabin township in Yangon Region where he inspected the Kokkowa bridge construction. Spanning across the Hlaing river the bridge is being constructed using steel plate girders and steel trusses. The 2,278-foot Kokkowa bridge is over 50% complete and is designed to withstand 75 tons of traffic weight.

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