Yangon to Spend $100m on Drainage

Yangon Region’s government has drafted a plant to repair drainage and take flood prevention measures with US$100 million granted by the World Bank, said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein yesterday.

He told a press conference: “The WB has agreed to loan US$125 million. US$100 million will be spent repairing platforms and drainage. In addition, JCT Call Company has won the bidding to upgrade more than 500 bus stops to international standards. Yangon City Development Committee will upgrade the remaining bus stops. There may be budget waste if we don’t implement drainage channels, platforms and bus stops simultaneously. We have drafted a plan systematically.”

He told the press at city hall: “Floods on the roads are not prolonged. We just need new channels and pumps. The major problem is the disposal of trash. Drainage channels were blocked by garbage when it rained. The YCDC collected rubbish in alleys.”

The chief minister urged all residents to cooperate with the measures.

“Yangon was built in the colonial era but now sees rapid population growth. Domestic waste water is increasing. Yangon is not alone in facing such problem. The regional government is cooperating with French agencies to upgrade rivers in Yangon. We have drafted a master plan to establish development areas, especially where roads and train lines converge, like at Pazundaung market,” he added.

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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