August 19, 2016

President visits Mazin reservoir

President U Thein Sein cordially greets children and local people at Mazin reservoir in Bago Township.
President U Thein Sein cordially greets children and local people at Mazin reservoir in Bago Township.

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein left Pathein for Yangon by aircraft together with Union Ministers U Thein Nyunt, Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, U Ohn Myint and Dr Than Aung, Maj-Gen Aung Kyaw Zaw of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and deputy ministers on Friday.
The president and party were welcomed at Yangon International Airport by Chief Minister U Myint Swe of Yangon Region and officials.
The president and party proceeded to Mazin reservoir in Bago Township where they were greeted by Chief Minister of Bago Region U Nyan Win, officials and local people. On the way to the briefing hall of the reservoir the remaining locals welcomed the president by waving, some held miniature state flags.
At the briefing hall the president heard reports on the water storage and flood prevention capacity of the reservoir. The president urged officials to supply drinking water to Bago and irrigate farms in the region. He also told officials to hurry up the complete cooperation projects with Japan International Cooperation Agency ahead of schedule and to take into account future development and population growth in implementing projects such as Mazin and Zalathtaw reservoirs which are located near Hanthawaddy International Airport Project.
The President looked into the reservoir which is located 500 feet upstream of the confluence of Mazin Creek and Kyetthoung Creek and supplies 11 million gallons of water for drinking and factories as well as irrigating 650 acres of farmland in Zainganainggyi village tract whilst preventing floods in the region.
Bago, situated on a low-land plain on the bank of the Bago River is prone to floods but dredging Mazin Creek from Gaungsaykyun Bridge to the Bago River has helped prevent floods in Bago and on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway.
The president and his party stopped in at the training branch of the Irrigation Department by car and heard about human resource development and irrigation technology before inspecting the library, hostels, irrigation equipment, control labs and scale models of irrigation set ups at the facility.
The training branch was established in March 1988 with the assistance of the Japanese Government to enhance irrigation technologies and to study the benefits of irrigation facilities on which the government spent a large amount of money.
The president and party arrived back in Yangon in the afternoon.


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