Tikir Dam to bring regional development to Htantalan
Source: The Global New Light Of Myanmar
Date: 6 February, 2018
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who was in Chin State to review the progress of regional development works, inspected the Tikir Dam project in Htantalan Township Sunday morning.
He also inspected the inflow of water into the dam and the status of the dam construction from the dam viewpoint.
The Vice President and his delegation were then explained the water storage and electricity generation capacity of the dam, the water distribution network to nearby villages, the setting up of hillside and highland farms, and the regional development works by Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department Director General U Kyaw Myint Hlaing.
The Vice President then spoke about planting Japanese cherry blossoms, and coffee and pine trees to establish a natural environment in the catchment area and basin area of the dam, distribute clean water to Tikir Village and 11 other villages, set up 550 acres of highland farms to replace slash-and-burn hillside farms, distribute water to the highland farms once it is set up and implement a new eco-tourism project.
Next, U Henry Van Thio; Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu; State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai; and State Hluttaw Speaker U Zo Bwe were presented with gifts by U Kyaw Myint Hlaing.
The Tikir Dam is situated near Htantalan Town and Tikir Village and is a 500-foot-long and 75-foot-high dam. At full storage capacity, it can store 1,265 acre feet of water and can distribute water to Tikir Village, 11 nearby villages, irrigation water for highland farms and produce 50 kilowatts of electricity through a mini-hydroelectric power station.
Next, the Vice President and his delegation viewed the dam and the possibility of setting up eco-tourism around it from Tikir Village to Sutaung Hill.
Later, the Vice President inspected the status of the construction of a water storage pond to distribute water to Tikir Village and the 11 villages.
The water storage pond is 50 feet long, 50 feet wide and 15 feet deep, capable of storing 235,000 gallons.