The Mandalay City Development Committee has announced that an agreement has been reached with a Thai-based company to treat the waste water from factories in the Mandalay Industrial Zone. Hydro Supreme Mandalay Company and the Mandalay City Development Committee signed a contract on the morning of July 10th to build an international-standard water treatment plant and sewage reservoir.
The rates to be charged to factories has been under discussion for quite some time, and the relevant matters being discussed at the Myanmar Investment Commission has also taken time. “Now that they have been concluded, the agreement has been sign. And we will start very soon,” said U ThetNaing Tun, Joint Secretary of the Mandalay City Development Committee.
Even though the factories were requested to build their own water treatment plants, space and cost challenges have been major constraints. Thus, the Divisional Government has instructed private participation. The plant will be built on 5 acres of land near the TaungInn-MyautInn cemetery over a period of two years. Once it is completed, the factories will have to pay certain amounts to dispose of their waste water depending on constitution and amount, said an official from the Mandalay City Development Committee.
The waste water from the said factories were usually dumped into the Taungthaman Lake and in villages in the Amarapura Township. During April of this year, extreme water pollution killed off a large number of fish in the Taungthaman Lake. Alleging that these factories were responsible for this catastrophic event, the Department of Fisheries have sued 12 factories according to the freshwater fisheries act.
Moreover, the Mandalay City Development Committee has temporarily suspended the operations at 27 factories that were dumping waste water into Taungthaman Lake via PayantawCreek. According to the Mandalay City Development Committee, there were a total of 93 factories in the Industrial zone which generated waste water on a regular basis.