Yangon to tighten security during Thingyan Festival celebrations

Police will increase security during the Mahar Thingyan Festival to ensure the smooth celebration of the event, the Mahar Thingyan Festival Security and Regulation Committee said.

“We will improve the security; it will be better than in previous years. In addition to crowded places, police will try to patrol around the business pavilions,” said Police Major Hla Wai of the Yangon Region Police Commissioner Office.

“Patrol vehicles from townships and districts and police officers from police battalions will also contribute to security,” he added.

The Yangon Regional Government announced that this year’s celebration will include “Three Epochs Thingyan Festivals” and “Walking Thingyan Festivals” at Yangon City Hall, Maha Bandula Park, Kandawgyi Myay Padaythar Garden, U Oattama Park (Kan Taw Min Park) and Thakhin Mya Park.

“To prevent traffic jams this year, 1200 police officers will be assigned to monitor major roads and intersections, more than the 900 officers were assigned to control traffic last year,” said Police Major Myo Aung Myint of No.8 Area Traffic Police. “This year’s festival will be bigger.”

Aside from manning traffic, the officers will maintain law and order during the celebrations.

The regional government authorised 35 water-playing pavilions and 60 entertainment pavilions for this year’s festival.

It announced that pavilions must be at least 200 feet from each another and at least 300ft from traffic lights.

Water-playing pavilions must be on the right side of roads and entertainment pavilions on the left side.

Building permits will be canceled and deposits will not be returned of pavilions that break the rules, according to local authorities involved in the preparations for this year’s celebrations.

“There will be around 4000 police providing security this year. They are assigned to oversee pavilions and crowded areas,” said an officer of the Yangon Regional Police Force.

Water-playing pavilions and Entertainment pavilions were allowed in Wayzayandar Parami, Maha Bandula Park, Merchant Road, Mindama Road, No.1 Industrial Road, Pazundaung Road, Kyeikwine, Pyay Road, University Avenue Road, Thanthumar Road and Kyimyindaing in Strand Road.

“As more travellers are expected this year, the chief minister instructed 30 percent of YBS buses to run during Thingyan,” one official from YBS said.

During the four days of the festival celebrations last year, some 1200 water-festival-related charges were brought by the police, and there were 285 deaths and 1073 injuries across the country, The Ministry of Home Affairs said.

Source: Myanmar Times

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