SAC Chairman PM Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects arrangements to provide water to Kandawgyi Lake in Sittway

March 31


CHAIRMAN of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing yesterday afternoon inspected providing of water to Kandawgyi Lake in order to supply water to Sittway of Rakhine State.


Officials reported on providing underground water to Kandawgyi Lake and water requirement of Sittway.


In his response, the Senior General instructed officials to conduct tests for tapping underground water in order to provide water into the Kandawgyi Lake which plays a key role in supplying water to Sittway.


The Senior General launched the supply of water through the underground water pipeline to Thinganet Dam and Kandawgyi Lake.


The Senior General viewed the upper soil, pieces of stone and shale layer which came out from the soil test in Kandawgyi Lake.


At the site where the underground water tapping process by the tube well in Sittway Quality Strain Farm, the Senior General heard reports on the sites chosen for sinking in tube wells in the 40-acre farm, pouring out of freshwater from tube wells, the content of seawater mixed with freshwater in some sites and preparations to send water to Kandawgyi Lake by pipelines via the water collecting tanks from the already sunk tube wells and the sinking wells by Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Min Naung and officials.


The Senior General stressed the need to systematically calculate the possible volume of underground water. Reliance should not be put on underground water alone, and rainwater needs to be collected for supplying fresh water.


The Senior General viewed round sinking tube wells and gave necessary guidance.


In accord with the guidance of the Senior General, geophysical feasibility studies are being conducted at the possible sites of tube wells to provide underground water to Kandawgyi Lake. In so doing, the 4,400 feet long water pipeline was laid from Thinganet Dam to Kandawgyi Lake to supply water to the lake from yesterday. Moreover, preparations are being made to lay water pipelines and install water pumps for providing more water to the lake from other tube wells. The lake has a storage capacity of 481.10 million gallons of water, Kandawnge-1 and 2, Kandawlay and Triangle Lake, 62.37 million gallons of water, the extended lake, 119.59 million gallons of water and Satyoekya Lake1 and-2 120 million gallons of water. Providing underground water to Kandawgyi Lake will greatly contribute to a sufficient supply of water to Sittway. — MNA/TTA