Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, accompanied by members of the State Administration Council, Union ministers, senior military officers and officials, yesterday morning inspected the Hsinlan Dam and the National Kandawgyi Garden in PyinOoLwin of Mandalay Region.
The Senior General and party arrived at the Hsinlan Dam, 2.5 miles north of Hsinlan Village of PyinOoLwin District where they were welcomed by officials.
At the briefing hall, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Khin Maung Yi and officials reported to the Senior General on the cultivation of more crops, implementation of the dam project to prevent the flooding and greening of the region, inspection for maintenance of the dam, daily supply of drinking water, and rainfalls.
In his response, the Senior General stressed the need to always inspect the strengthening of the dam for long term existence as it was built to supply drinking water to the area near PyinOoLwin. He called for the effective prohibition of cultivation of crops in the dam area, cutting of firewood and production of charcoal through raising public awareness as deforestation causes water sources. As seasonal crop plantations cause damage to the soil of the watershed, special emphasis must be placed on the conservation of trees and forests in the dam area. He pointed out that the technical estimations should be done to store the larger volume of water in the dam if water demand of local people is higher in addition to inspection of strengthening of the dam, and urged officials to systematically supply water to the people.
The Senior General and party inspected the storage of water in the dam and supply of water along the water pipelines and left necessary instructions.
They viewed round the route linking the Hsinlan Dam and PyinOoLwin by car and viewed round possibility to do regional development without damage to the environs, and situation to carry out road transport.
At the National Kandawgyi Garden, Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Tin Htut Oo and officials presented reports on lesser water sources for the depletion of trees and forests, dryness of lakes in the garden due to stopping of springs and a lesser volume of water leading to the inlet channels, resumption of inflow of water from the inlet channels due to necessary repairing of inlet channels and underground drains, and opening of the garden under the prevention, control and treatment measures of COVID-19.
The Senior General said as the National Kandawgyi Garden and PyinOoLwin which are inseparable contribute much to regional development, special emphasis must be placed on beautifying the garden and conservation for long term existence. Only when the water inlet channels must be inspected for prevention of the dryness in the lakes will the inflow of water be proper. The Forest Department needs to do substitution of depleted plants with new ones. Forest depletion was based on the cultivation of Ayeikmei coffee plants in PyinOoLwin. Settlement of people in the allotted cultivable lands without cultivation, paving of concrete roads and construction of buildings without drains cause loss of water sources. Hence, it is necessary to systematically enforce disciplines for the residents. The Senior General stressed the need to coordinate the prevention of leaking of water from the lakes in the garden and depletion through technological measures.
The Senior General and party inspected the National Kandawgyi Garden in a motorcade.
In the afternoon, the Senior General and party inspected the natural spring, which is an inlet channel of water to the garden, near Nyaungni Village of PyinOoLwin Township and other water inlet channels along the circular road of the garden and gave guidance on needs of prevention for damaging the water inlet channels. —MNA