Nay Pyi Taw, 15 March — President U Thein Sein, accompanied by Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Aung Myint and union ministers, went on an inspection tour of the dredging of Kyee Ni lake in the township of Yamathin, Mandalay Region, on Sunday.
The president oversaw the construction of spillways and sluice gates, with engineers giving progress reports of the project.
The lake, which dates back 712 years, is now silting up, limiting the amount of water it can store.
According to historical records, it was dug by King Kyaw Swa of Bagan in 1303. Officials said the lake, after being restored, is expected to irrigate 8,129 acres of monsoon and summer paddy plantations and provide water to the people of nearby areas.
The lake will also protect housings and farmlands from flooding.—MNA