AIRBM Project Component 3 held stakeholder consultation on 13 August (Monday) at Triumph Hotel Ball Room, Mandalay.
U Ye Min Oo, on behalf of the civilian, welcomes the new aids to navigation installation noting as the remarkable achievement for IWT sector.
Fig 1. U Ye Min Oo, Pathein Gyi Regional Parliament Member giving opening speech
U Win Hlaing, Project Director of AIRBMP delivered the opening speech presenting about the project background. The project is running with the $100 million credit from the World Bank for improving all round water resource management and modernization of information systems for weather forecast and navigation improvement of Mandalay-Nyaung-U waterway as the first pilot project. Under the project, there are three main components and the installation of aids to navigation is being carried out by Component-3. Some $38 million is being used for Mandalay-Nyaung-U waterway development for both structural and nonstructural improvement during 2015-2020 fiscal years.
Fig 2. U Win Hlaing, Project Director of AIRBM/ Director of River Conservation Dept, DWIR
U Aung Myo Khaing, Component-3 Director of AIRBMP, explained the role of DWIR in this new aids to navigation system installation and detail information of the system as well as implementation plan to the audience. Starting from the last week of August, 20 aids to navigation will be installed from Mandalay to ancient Innwa city, according to the project director. The installation activities will be completed by January 2019. He added. “At present people can only travel during day time. After the installation, the ship can travel at any time. The buoys are made with polyethylene attached with chains. Four types of buoy: lateral buoys (Red color and Green color), Midfairway buoys and danger buoy along with the two types of shoremark will be installed. The price of each navigational tool varies from US$5,000 (K7.49 million) to $10,000 and around $2 million has been spent for 216 buoys to be installed between Mandalay-Nyaung U stretch as the first phase. He explained that the project will complete the installation of the aids to navigation between Mandalay-Yangon waterway by 2020. DWIR also plan to offer the training to skippers on how to use the buoys as well as broad public awareness program through public media.
Fig 3. U Aung Myo Khaing, Component-3 Director of AIRBM/Director of Research and Planning Department, DWIR
Fig 4: Mr. Mark Fitter, Navigation Expert, Mobilis (Most left)
Fig 5: People from Private Sectors, Government Sectors, NGOs and PSOs were attending the event
Fig 6: Q&A Session