The Land Investigation Commission is calling for compensation to be paid to farmers whose land was taken to build a golf course near the capital.
The farmland was expropriated in the Nay Pyi Taw Council Area to build a golf course in Shwe Kyar Pin Ward of Zabuthiri Township, it said in a report.
Farmers were given Ks 250,000-350,000 per acre but were also promised new land plots, which they have not received, the report said. As a result, the farmers should receive more compensation, it recommends.
The report also draws attention to a case in Ward 6 of Lewe Township where a total of 113 households were removed for a development project. Each family was promised new land, but only 13 received plots. The report recommends that the remaining 100 families receive compensation.
Compensation should also be paid to the residents of the six villages removed to make way for Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, and those who lost land to build the Thawuthti-Bawgathiri City Detour Road in the capital, the report says.
Compensation was paid to residents of some townships in Bago Region who lost land for the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway, but residents of numerous other townships in different regions who lost land to the expressway have yet to receive compensation, the report says.
It notes that a total of 202.13 acres of farmland was expropriated to build the Dahatgon Sugar Plant in Tatkon Township in Nay Pyi Taw but only 69.78 acres of this was used for the plant. The rest was not returned to the farmers it was taken from and they should be compensated as well as given permission to farm the land, the report says.
Land grabbing was rife under previous governments, the report says, adding that it occurred without rules, regulations or compensation.
Land Grabbing is a serious problem in Burma. If this is for industrial development, we need to make sure it doesn’t hurt the livelihood of the people. The negative impacts on local communities is unbearable and we urge the investors to make sure to consider this before they invest which involve land expansions.
Land Grabbing problem in Burma is getting to its hight as the government aggressivly grab lands from locals. The international communities should highlight on this issue as there is no voice for the poor locals.