VP U Myint Swe inspects Kun Chaung reservoir, power station and diversion dam

Kun Chaung Reservoir in Pyu Township is constructed with the aim of preventing floods. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Kun Chaung Reservoir in Pyu Township is constructed with the aim of preventing floods. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Vice President U Myint Swe visits Hydropower Unit at Kun Chaung reservoir in Pyu Township, Taungoo District, Bago Region. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe visits Hydropower Unit at Kun Chaung reservoir in Pyu Township, Taungoo District, Bago Region. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe inspected the Kun Chaung reservoir, power station and diversion dam yesterday morning.
U Myint Swe arrived at Kun Chaung reservoir in Pyu Township, Taungoo District, Bago Region, at 8 a.m. and observed the water stored in the reservoir from the briefing hall observation station.
Next, Acting Director General U San Wai of the Department of Hydropower, gave a briefing to the Vice President about the construction of the dam, storage of water, rainfall, amount of water entering the dam, water supplied for irrigation, location and type of dam, construction of the spillway and diversion dam, hydro-electricity generated, the area supplied with irrigation water and the water collected annually, while Electric Power Supply Enterprise Managing Director U Khin Maung Win explained about the location of the power station, electrical power generation status, and the annual production and maintenance of the machinery.
The Vice President noted that one must be prepared for possible natural disasters by continuously monitoring the maintenance programme, prevent deforestation in the water basin area of the dam and provide welfare, education, health and social benefits to the power station staff and their families.
Later, the Vice President inspected the machinery in the power station and observed the generation and distribution of electricity.
The Vice President then visited the Kun Chaung diversion dam project briefing hall in Kyaukdaga Township, where he was briefed about the status of constructing the irrigation water distribution system and the diversion dam by Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department Deputy Director U Aung Myat Moe.
The Vice President said sufficient water must be provided to the designated area and local farmers must be organized to use the water effectively to produce cash crops, once the project was completed.
The Kun Chaung multi-purpose dam was constructed with the aim to prevent flooding in the Sittaung river basin, provide irrigation water to farm lands in Kanyutkwin and Penwegon area, and to generate 60 megawatts of electricity for the national grid. The construction was started in the 2002-2003 fiscal year and was completed in
2011.
Once the Kun Chaung diversion dam and irrigation water distribution system is completed, some 35,000 acres of farm lands in Tawkywein and Penwegon area will be provided with irrigation water. — Myanmar News Agency

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