Amyotha Hlut­taw de­bates wa­ter sup­ply

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

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

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