Officials installing navigational aids along Ayeyawady River in Magway Region

An official installing a naigational aid near the Ayeyawady River in Magway.  Photo: Zayyartu (Magway)
An official installing a naigational aid near the Ayeyawady River in Magway.  Photo: Zayyartu (Magway)

Navigational aids are being installed along a 180-mile (289-kilometer) stretch along the Ayeyawady River in Magway Region for the safety of passenger and cargo ships, according to the Magway Region Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.
The project was launched on 9 January. It will be implemented in four phases and cover 180 miles — 53 miles from Lanywar to Nyaungkya Pakokku Township; 42 miles from Nyaungkya to Minhla Town; 49 miles from Minhla to Aunglan Town; and, 36 miles from Aunglan to Sasanyan Village, Kanma Township.
A total of 100 navaids on the river bank and 180 navaids in the river will be installed this month, while 110 navaids on the river bank and 180 navaids in the river will be installed in February.
“For the safety of the passenger and cargo ships or water vessels, we are installing the marks onshore and offshore after inspecting the waterway so that vessels can cruise by on seeing the marks. We will show both danger signs and direction signs,” said U Ko Ko Aung, Assistant Director of the Navigation Section.
The Department has designated the low water period from 15 November to 15 May. So, water depth may reach 5 feet in some parts of the Ayeyawady River. Meanwhile, water marks will be installed on some waterways which are difficult to travel on.
Although the department planned to install only 100 watermarks and 80 onshore marks, it will install more watermarks and onshore marks during the low water period, U Ko Ko Aung added.—Zayyartu (Magway) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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