A PETITION to conserve the ancient Bagan cultural zone and the Ayeyawady River was recently launched by residents of the area and is being spearheaded by Safety Bagan.
After getting the green light from the local authorities, 200 people involved in the campaign rode around Bagan and Nyaung U by bicycle, motorbike and car to distribute pamphlets about the petition.
Myo Thit San, a leader of the campaign, said the petition contains five demands, including the socio-economic development for locals; legal actions against the construction of modern buildings within the cultural zone; the involvement of experts, NGOs and residents in the conservation of ancient pagodas and action against unlawful buildings along the Ayeyawady River.
The activists also called for amendments to the 1998 law regulating ancient cultural sites as residents and tourists face difficulties while visiting pagodas behind hotel buildings.
The major aim of the campaign is to urge the government to conserve Bagan’s cultural heritage. The campaign will continue for 45 days, beginning from 7 June.
Aung Thant Khaing