River bank protection in Mandalay Region expected to finish next April

Deforestation and soil degradation is blamed for changing the flow of the Ayeyawady  River and for errosion of the river’s bank.  Photo: Min Htet Aung
Deforestation and soil degradation is blamed for changing the flow of the Ayeyawady River and for errosion of the river’s bank.  Photo: Min Htet Aung

The Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems under the Ministry of Transport and Communications is carrying out river bank protection tasks along the Ayeyawady River in Mandalay Region.
The river bank protection tasks are being undertaken in Amarapura, Madaya, Singu, Nganzun, Myingyan, TadaU and NyaungU townships by spending Ks. 41.87 billion and the whole project is expected to be fully completed in April. “We have been able to begin the project in January because we solved financial and technical problems very quickly. The whole project is slated for completion next month,” said U Toe Aung Lin, a director from the department.
The nineteen river bank protection projects are being executed in the current fiscal year with the allotted funds from Mandalay Regional government. Some projects are about 50 per cent finished and some projects are nearly 25 percent complete.
“The river bank protection task is beneficial to the local people because it can prevent the farmlands, homes and pagodas from river bank erosion. Our department also focuses on not only river bank protection but also river bank stabilization. We carry out the tasks in cooperation with local lawmakers and people,” he added.
Deforestation, soil degradation, illegal gold mining at watershed areas, climate change and rapid rise in river water levels can cause river bank erosion.—Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)

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