State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi paid homage to the Pyitaw Aye Pagoda on Popa Taung Kalat, and inspected the long term development and greening works on Mt. Popa yesterday morning.
The State Counsellor accompanied by Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Ministry of President’s Office Deputy Minister U Min Thu, regional ministers and officials, arrived at Popa Taung Kalat at 7 am to pay homage at the Pyitaw Aye Pagoda with flowers, water and an oil lamps.
Afterwards, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party visited other pagodas on Popa Taung Kalat, where they observed the area’s development and the status of the greening work on Mt. Popa, while the Chief Minister and officials provided explanations.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party then went to Popa Taung Kalat Aung Dhammayone, where Myanmar Geosciences Society secretary U Than Tun explained about the organization of the society, their aims, geological survey findings, field visits conducted in cooperation with various organizations, the status of developing Khakaborazi, Indawgyi, Twin Taung (Monywa),
Mt. Popa, Pindaya, Inle Lake and Mt. Zwegabin as “Mother Earth Sites”, and discussed the future plans of the society.
Next, Myanmar Geosciences Society Vice President U Sone Han and member U Cho Oo explained about Popa Taung Kalat, the reason for landslides, works conducted to prevent landslides in the future, as well as preventive and maintenance works still be done. The State Counsellor urged the group to think in terms of the future when conducting preventive and maintenance work, after asking questions.
This was followed by Forest Department Director General Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw offering more information about development work on Mt. Popa, establishment of the Mt. Popa garden, the existing bio-diversity, arrangements made to the proposed UNESCO Global Geoparks, the location of ground water outlets in the garden, the status of conducting maintenance works and research projects, the status of establishing nature-based travel businesses, as well as the difficulties being faced during the ongoing development of the area.
Later, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, led by the Myanmar Geosciences Society Vice President, met with groups led by Mt. Popa Lovers Association chairman U Toe at the Sagawa Garden Hotel and discussed matters relating to sustained existence of Mt. Popa and the greening of the Popa region. After this meeting, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party left NyaungU by special plane, returning to Nay Pyi Taw in the afternoon.
(Translated by Zaw Min)