NAY PYI TAW—The Kyauk Phyu-China pipeline has failed to meet international standards and is cracked in some places, MP Tun Aung Kyaw (Ponnagyun) told a Union assembly held yesterday.
Tun Aung Kyaw made the comment during a parliamentary hearing to determine what the authorities can do to prevent harm to villages, farmland, forest and local residents along the pipeline route.
According to the MP’s analysis, the depth of land required to bury the pipeline should be at least 15 feet and the inner and outer walls of the pipeline must be three inches thick. According to locals, the actual depth of the pipeline is five or six feet and the pipe itself is only 1.5 inches thick. When the engineers conducted a trial test with water inside the pipeline in May last year, the pipeline cracked from the pressure and water shot out from the broken places, he said.
The intensity of the spray damaged medium-sized trees, and four locations between Kyat Yae San and Padun Road were seriously damaged. Road blockage and ground cracking is occurring because the depth, the jointing and soil placement have failed to meet international standards. The MP said he also wanted to know whether the government has arrangements for the protection of villages, farmland, forests and local residents living along the pipeline route. [...]
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