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Burma to Dredge Salween River Estuary

9 April 2014

The Burmese government is planning to dredge the mouth of the Salween River in Mon State, Eleven Media reports. Quoting an unnamed official from the Myanmar Ports Authority, Eleven said the government wanted to establish industrial zones and a cement factory in Moulmein, in the estuary to the Salween, known in Burmese as the Thanlwin. “Since Thanlwin River is nearly inaccessible owing to sandbanks, dredging the sandbanks becomes our priority in the re-development of the port. We are arranging to cooperate with the private companies as we have not received the budget for Thanlwin dredging from the government,” the official was quoted saying.