President inspects dredging at Kyee Ni lake in Yamethin Township

President  U Thein Sein cordially meets with local people in Yamethin.—MNA
President U Thein Sein cordially meets with local people in Yamethin.—MNA

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.

A map shows location of Kyee Ni Lake and its irrigated area in Yamethin Township, Mandalay Region. MNA
A map shows location of Kyee Ni Lake and its irrigated area in Yamethin Township, Mandalay Region. MNA

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

President U Thein Sein views progress in construction of irrigation facilities at Kyee Ni Lake with the use of heavy machinery in Yamethin Township.—MNA
President U Thein Sein views progress in construction of irrigation facilities at Kyee Ni Lake with the use of heavy machinery in Yamethin Township.—MNA
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