7 MAY 2020 - Source: Global New Light of Myanmar - More than K5.3 billion worth riverbank protection project will be implemented next year. The project will be implemented along Ayeyawady river and Dokehtawady river in 2020-2021 fiscal year, said U Kyaw Myint Than, the head of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System in Mandalay Region. The project will be implemented in 21 villages.

Besides, the department has targeted to allocate K900 million for four river waterway conservation projects. The project will be implemented after the regional Hluttaw Affairs Committee has permitted.

"This year, the regional government has allocated over K5 billion for riverbank protection project. We will choose 20 priority places. Both Ayeyarwady and Dokehtawady rivers are on the important list. The remaining places from other villages are prone to floods caused by the collapse of the riverbanks," he added.
Although over K16 billion have to be allowed for 50 villages which have submitted permission to implement riverbank protection projects this year, the regional government has allocated only over K5 billion for 21 villages.

"The riverbank protection projects must start before the river water rises. And the projects must be finished before July. This year, the department will invite tender to the private companies which will comply with the tender rules. Then, the companies will be inspected by the department and the third party," he added.
In 2019-2020FY, the department is implementing riverbank protection projects in 20 villages of Mandalay region. —Than Zaw Min (IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)