July 02, 2017

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President U Thein Sein inspects Hsedawgyi Dam

President U Thein Sein waves hands to residents on his tour of Madaya, Mandalay Region. Photo: MNA
President U Thein Sein waves hands to residents on his tour of Madaya, Mandalay Region. Photo: MNA

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein conducted an inspection tour of the Hsedawgyi Dam in Madaya Township, Mandalay Region, yesterday.
After hearing reports about the dam and its benefits to the region and the progress of the Ahtet Hsedawgyi Dam project, the president gave instructions on measures to be taken to supply water in the midst of El Niño and to continue implementation of the dam project.
The Ahtat Hsedawgyi Dam project kicked off in 2006 after receiving a green light from the Special Project Implementation Committee.
The new dam, located 33 miles upstream from the existing Hsedawgyi Dam that can only store 30 per cent of its annual inflow, is aimed at storing surplus water inflow, generating more electricity and preventing flooding in the region. However, the project was suspended because of financial constraints in 2009.
Upon completion, the Ahtet Hsedawgyi Dam will ensure disaster risk reduction, a power generation capacity of 64 megawatts and water supply for Mandalay Region, thereby contributing toward regional greening and development.
Next, the president inspected the spillway and a hydropower plant of the Hsedawgyi Dam.
The Hsedawgyi Dam, built in 1987, has a water storage capacity of 334,280 acre feet, which provides for 93,000 acres of farmland and generates 12.5 megawatts of electricity.—Myanmar News Agency

Hsedawgyi Dam in Madaya Township, Mandalay Region. Photo: MNA
Hsedawgyi Dam in Madaya Township, Mandalay Region. Photo: MNA

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