Amyotha Hluttaw debates water supply
THE upper house got an update on past and future projects to combat floods and water scarcity yesterday.
MP U Kyaw Htwe (NLD; Yangon 8) had submitted a proposal urging the Union government to develop plans to deal with water issues and make rivers deeper to assuage the annual droughts and inundations.
Nineteen members of parliament from six regions and two states, including military representatives, weighed in on the proposal yesterday.
From fiscal year 2013-14 to 2015-16, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation completed 303 projects to make rivers and creeks deeper in Ayeyarwady, Bago and Yangon regions, which face annual flooding because they are near the delta or coastal areas, said deputy minister U Tun Win.
This financial year, the ministry plans to dredge 182 bodies of water in Ayeyarwady and Yangon regions, he said.
“The ministry will repair 94 lakes in eight regions and states in the 201617 financial year,” he said. “Moreover, we are also planning to complete 2097 projects that would provide water to 298 townships throughout Myanmar.”
Because the ministry’s ability to make rivers and creeks deeper, repair dams and lakes, dig wells in regions where water is scarce in the summers, and explore the use of underwater wells is dependent on budget allocations, he urged the hluttaw to record the proposal.
Last week, the government announced plans to review the status of dams throughout the country