Monday 18 January 2016 the Pan Hlaing River Integrated Development Project was featured in Myanmar SkyNet’s Current Affairs. The project is an excellent example of the Myanmar-Netherlands collaboration in the field of water. On behalf of Royal HaskoningDHV, team leader Marten Hillen explained the project’s complexity in a interview on Myanmar’s most-watched news program: “The project merges the best expertise of Dutch and Myanmar water professionals.”
As part of a program that celebrated Myanmar-Netherlands collaboration in the water sector, Irrigation Department’s director dr. Zaw Lwin Htun, Dutch Ambassador Karel Hartogh and Dutch Deputy Director General Reina Buijs visited the project site.
Water supply and flood protection
Royal HaskoningDHV leads the development of the integrated development project that provides water supply and flood protection to a fast-growing part of Yangon City. Marten Hillen explained: “By working intensively with the project’s many stakeholders we were able to develop an integrated plan that tackles the area’s many challenges. The project goes beyond delivering technical expertise and provides a range of societal benefits.”
The project includes an integrated development plan for the area as well as a sluice design to provide water security. As a result water supply and flood protection are improved in the Pan Hlaing area.
The project is executed from Royal HaskoningDHV’s office in Yangon with the assistance of experts from Deltares, FloodConsult and Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands and NEPS from Myanmar. The Pan Hlaing project is one of five projects under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Myanmar and the Netherlands governments.