Water, traffic projects set to improve Yangon

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​12 Feb 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Yangon has been striving to cope with the demands of modernisation ever since the military junta that ruled the country for over half a century gave way to the pressure of reforms nearly a decade ago.

The city's ageing infrastructure, some of which dates back to the British colonial era, is unable to light up new highrise buildings, fails to supply sufficient potable water to the sudden influx of local and foreign migrants, its traffic system or the lack of it, utterly helpless to manage the surge in the number of vehicles. 

With little time for self-examination and introspection, leaders of the country's once neglected economic capital are moving on, with the help of some well-meaning friends from the international community that are lending their expertise and assistance to deal with some of the most urgent problems the city faces. 

While the basic infrastructure problems facing the city such as roads, power, sewage, water, among others, are not likely to fully address in the next decade or so, the government has taken some key steps to deal with the city's more pressing needs. 

Recently, city officials gave a tour of its ongoing projects to deal with the water shortages facing the city. The construction of a new water treatment and sewage plant under the project are aimed at increasing the production of potable water to serve the over six million people living in Yangon. 

​The Lagoon Pyin Water Distribution Project which started in May 2013 is expected to be completed by October 2022. The project will provide water to Dagon townships and the Thilawa Special Economic Zone.The Lagoon Pyin Water Distribution Project which started in May 2013 is expected to be completed by October 2022. The project will provide water to Dagon townships and the Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

According to a master plan jointly drafted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and YCDC in 2010, up to 2.4 billion litres of water will have to be distributed to Yangon by 2040, more than two times the current supply.
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