PERMISSION will not be granted for the construction of water pavilions on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road during this year water festival according to Yangon Region Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister Naw Pan Thinza Myo.
The minister said that the regional government would build four central pavilions in its four districts, with small water-throwing pavilions being distributed across 45 townships in the region.
The Yangon Region government denied 305 proposals for the construction of commercial pavilions on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road for reasons of security and traffic congestion. The denial was seen as an attempt to reduce the use of water in the festival as part of preventive measures against possible water scarcity, most likely resulting from El Nino.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein stressed he would not allow exploitation of Thingyan Festival for commercial gain, warning of zero tolerance on alcohol use by young people over the course of the festival.
The Yangon Region Police Force will deploy over 8,000 policemen to provide security and safety for revelers, according to Yangon Region’s Security and Border Affairs Minister Col Tin Aung Tun.
Traffic police will also be deployed to help ease traffic congestion and halt the violation of traffic rules in crowded places.
Last year, there were 78 commercial pavilions of various sizes on Kandawgyi Circular Road and Kaba Aye Pagoda Road in Yangon.
The people in Myanmar will celebrate Thingyan or Water Festival from 12 to 16 April to mark in the New Year according to the Myanmar lunar calendar.