Plan to dredge sandbanks in Ayeyawady River for prevention of erosion

Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems submitted the estimated costs on dredging sandbanks under Ayeyawady Bridge (Yadanabon) and Sagaing Bridge for improvement of watercourses to Mandalay Region Government.
Water erosion causes at the bank on Sagaing and Inwa where Mei Nu Brick Monastery and other ancient cultural heritages. So, the watercourse will be improved by dredging sandbanks to have a proper watercourse, Director U Win Hlaing of the department told media.
“Arrangements are being made to dredge the sandbanks for protection of ancient heritages in Inwa. At present, the department submitted an estimated cost to the region government. When the budget has been allotted, we will start dredging works,” he added.
The waterway measurements have been made in the second week of December in 2004. The report showed a watercourse flowed along Ayeyawady River near the Sagaing Bank upstream of Ayeyawady Bridge (Yadanabon) and near the TadaU bank downstream of the bridge. This year, watercourse eroded the bank of Taungtaw Village and the bank near Shwekyetkya Pagoda.
At present, Sagaing Bridge has 210 metres wife and 3.15 metres high clearance.–Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)

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