Nilar & San Htoo Aung
Yangon – Officials are facing a challenge keeping Yangon’s alleys clean as some residents are secretly dumping wastewater in them, a workshop was told by a senior government manager on October 12.
“We are only talking about an industrial zone but alleys in Yangon are very dirty,” said Saw Win Maung, deputy head of the Pollution Control and Cleaning Department under the Yangon City Development Committee. “They are filled with wastewater. We need to speak out about it. We need techniques to clean wastewater,” he said.
He was speaking to an environmental workshop held at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
“Our department previously collected household wastes. Now we are collecting industrial wastes and [also] construction wastes as urban development grows in Yangon. They are toxic wastes and a danger to life. Hospitals are also disposing of more wastes as the population increases here,” he said.
As a major economic hub of the nation, Yangon is experiencing an increase in industrial wastes.
The current government initiated a plan to clean Yangon’s alleys in August 2016 and it is now in six downtown townships.
“The alleys are not places to throw trash,” said assistant department head Zaw Win Naing. “It will pollute the environment. We want people to cooperate with us by removing shed-roofed annexes in alleys.”
The YCDC said people who throw trash into the alleys faced fines from Ks10,000 to 500,000 and a one-year prison term.