Union Budget funds Inlay Lake conservation, 80% completion reached

According to U Kyaw Kyaw Oo, the Assistant Director of the Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department in Shan State, the project for the conservation of Inlay Lake, located in Nyaungshwe Township, southern Shan State, has been carried out with K700 million from the Union Budget this year. Currently, 80 per cent of the entire project has been completed.
Conservation works on Inlay Lake are conducted annually. For the 2023-24 financial year, the maintenance and conservation efforts involve the construction of three dredges, clearing floating islands (comprising flowing aquatic plants, mud, and rubbish), and excavating silt. The report indicates that 80 per cent of these tasks have been finished.
U Kyaw Kyaw Oo mentioned, “We were allocated K700 million from the Union Budget for the environmental conservation, preservation, and maintenance of Inlay Lake. Construction of three dredges, representing 40 per cent project completion, is underway. Another aspect includes the dredging of silt, with a target of digging up 50,000 silt traps for the entire year. We have finished 38,900 silt traps, leaving approximately 11,000 others, amounting to 78 per cent completion.”
Therefore, the progress includes 40 per cent completion of the construction of three dredges, 78 per cent completion of silt dreding, 30 per cent completion of clearing weeds, and 58 per cent completion of clearing floating islands. The initial projection aimed to complete clearing 100 acres of weeds and 120 acres of floating islands throughout the year. Currently, 30 per cent of the former and 65 acres of the latter have already been completed, respectively. — ASH/TMT

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