Monday, 06 August 2012 15:26 Mizzima News
As plans are expected to move ahead more rapidly on the Dawei deep-sea
port and economic zone, villagers in Ka Loat Hta are dissatisfied with
the Italian-Thai Development Company (ITD) relocation plans for their
village, a site for a proposed hydropower dam project.
A villager told the Karen News Group (KNG) their relocation hasn’t started yet, but ITD has already marked and measured off the land.
sure, the whole village will be under water because of this project,”
he said. “Although we don’t want to move, we have no choice.”
hydropower dam is to be constructed near the village on the Talineya
River that runs into the Tanintharyi River in Ye Hsu Township in
ITD officials are now negotiating with the villagers who will be relocated or affected by the dam project.
heard that they [ITD] will rebuild houses for villagers who are
relocated to another area. Villagers say they don’t want to move,” said
an area resident.
Villagers will get 300,000 kyat (about US$
3,530) for a producing rubber tree, 150,000 kyat for an immature rubber
tree and 500,000 kyat for an acre of unworked land, he said.
think the ITD compensation offer for rubber trees is too low and some
villagers are demanding a higher rate. Villagers who do not want to lose
their plantation are organizing themselves to protest to save their
lands, said KNG.
President Thein Sein and Thailand’s
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra agreed last month agreed to push
ahead on efforts to build the infrastructure for the Dawei deep-sea port
The Italian-Thai Development Company is a Thai-owned
company that is developing the $60-billion mega Tavoy/Dawei Development
Project in Tavoy, Southern Burma. The project includes a deep-sea port, a
250-square-kilometer light and heavy industrial zone, a 4,000-megawatt
power plant, and railways links to the Thai border in Kanchanaburi. The
company is still working to round up financing for the deep-sea port
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