ပတိုက္ထဲထည့္သကဲ့သို႔ ျပဳလုပ္ျခင္းကို ဆလုံလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားက မႀကိဳက္ၾက DAWEI WATCH

ပတိုက္ထဲထည့္သကဲ့သို႔ ျပဳလုပ္ျခင္းကို ဆလုံလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားက မႀကိဳက္ၾက
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ထားဝယ္ ၊ စက္တင္ဘာ ၂၃။ ။ ဆ လုံလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားသည္ ၎တို႔အား ျပတိုက္ထဲ ထည့္သကဲ့သို႔ ျပဳလုပ္ ျခင္းကိုမႀကိဳက္ၾကဟု ဘုတ္ျပင္း ၿမိဳ႕နယ္အတြင္းရွိ ဆလုံေက်းရြာမ်ားကိုသြားေရာက္ေလ့လာခဲ့ၿပီး ဆလုံလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားႏွင့္ ဘာသာျပန္ မွတစ္ဆင့္ေတြ႕ဆုံစကားေျပာခဲ့ သည့္ ေဂဟအေျခခံသဘာဝသ ယံဇာတမ်ားေရရွည္ဖြံ့ၿဖိဳးတိုး တက္ေရးအဖြဲ႕ဥကၠ႒ ဦးခင္ေမာင္ လတ္က ေျပာသည္။

ဆလုံလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားသည္ ၎ တို႔၏ ထုံးစံျဖင့္ သီးသန႔္ရွင္သန္ရပ္ တည္လိုၾကၿပီး ၎တို႔၏အႀကီး အကဲက အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္သည္ကိုသာ လိုလားၾကသည္ ဟုေျပာေၾကာင္း ဦးခင္ေမာင္လတ္က ေျပာသည္။

”ရႈပ္ေထြးတဲ့ စီမံခန႔္ခြဲမႈေတြ ကိုသူတို႔မႀကိဳက္ဘူး။ အစိုးရတို႔ ဘာတို႔နဲ႔ သူတို႔တိုက္ရိုက္မဆက္ ဆံခ်င္ဘူး။ အဲလိုဆက္သြယ္ေပးဖို႔ ၾကားခံ အဖြဲ႕အစည္းထားဖို႔ကို သူ တို႔က လိုလားတယ္”ဟု ၎က ဆိုသည္။

ပထမအႀကိမ္ တနသၤာရီ တိုင္းေဒသႀကီးလႊတ္ေတာ္ အ႒မ ပုံမွန္အစည္း အေဝးတြင္ ဘုတ္ ျပင္းမဲဆႏၵနယ္အမွတ္(၁)လႊတ္ ေတာ္ကိုယ္စားလွယ္ ဦးထြန္းေအး က ဆလုံလူမ်ိဳးမ်ား မေပ်ာက္ကြယ္ ေရး အတြက္ ေဆာင္ရြက္ ရန္အစီ အစဥ္ရွိ မရွိေမးျမန္းရာ ဆလုံလူ မ်ိဳးမ်ားအနာဂတ္ဘဝျမႇင့္ တင္ေရး ေကာ္မတီဖြဲ႕စည္းကာ ေလ့လာမႈ မ်ားျပဳလုပ္ေနေၾကာင္း၊ လုပ္ငန္း စီမံခ်က္မ်ားကိုလည္း တိုင္းေဒသ ႀကီး လႊတ္ေတာ္သို႔ေပး ပို႔ထား ၿပီး ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သစ္ေတာႏွင့္ သတၱဳ ဝန္ႀကီး ဦးတင္စိုးက ျပန္လည္ေၿဖ ၾကားသည္။  Continue reading “ပတိုက္ထဲထည့္သကဲ့သို႔ ျပဳလုပ္ျခင္းကို ဆလုံလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားက မႀကိဳက္ၾက DAWEI WATCH”

THAILAND-BURMA: Dawei road expansion plan shelved

The planned expansion of a motorway linking Thailand to the proposed Dawei deep-sea port project in Myanmar has been postponed.

The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTTPP) said expanding the motorway from four lanes to eight on the Thai side of the border is unnecessary for the time being.

The 110-kilometre road would link Dawei in Myanmar to Kanchanaburi in Thailand.

Chula Sukmanop, director of the OTTPP said the Dawei road link expansion project would pose high investment risks.

His findings were issued in a report on the Dawei joint development project submitted to Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt.

The report comes ahead of the third meeting of the joint steering committee for the Dawei project, set for March 6-8 in Chon Buri.

The OTTPP had analysed estimates of the cargo volume expected at the Dawei deep-sea port and found the figure was too high.

The transport volumes are not sufficient to justify expanding the motorway, the report said. Continue reading “THAILAND-BURMA: Dawei road expansion plan shelved”

Burma Myanmar is proposing a significant reduction in the overall area of the Dawei deep seaport project

Nongpnapas Maipainich
The Nation
Publication Date : 19-12-2012

Myanmar is proposing a significant reduction in the overall area of the Dawei project to 150 square kilometres, from 204.5 sq km.

Thailand has responded to the proposal by saying it is already in the process of a feasibility study on the Dawei Deep Sea Port and Dawei Industrial Estate Project based on the original proposed size of the project, Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan said.

Myanmar made the new proposal after a discussion between President Thein Sein and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Chatchart said.

“This is the first meeting in which Myanmar’s president clearly said he would invite a third country, likely Japan, to join in the investment. It is a benefit, as Japan has long-term funding sources for investment in infrastructure, including the port and roads,” Chatchart said.

Of the total investment estimate of 270 billion baht (US$8 billion) in the project, Thailand’s portion is 75 billion baht, he said. That includes 45 billion baht for construction of a motorway between Bang Yai and Kanchanaburi and another 10 billion baht for a motorway between Kanchanaburi and Banphu Namron.

The cost of a railway from Myanmar to Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate will be 20 billion baht.

Chatchart said the priority was to find business partners with strong financial status and existing customer bases for joint investment.

In the preliminary stage, the investment will be in two patterns. The first pattern is to set up a specific purpose vehicle, which is similar to a holding company with subsidiaries for business operations, including telecommunications, infrastructure and industrial estates. The second pattern is to set up companies to be separately responsible for business operations.

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Myanmar will begin the construction of a new economic zone located next to the Dawei project in 2013.

Director general Aung Naing Oo of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on Monday said the Thilawa Special Economic Zone will be built on 2,400 hectares of land in Yangon region and will undergo three phases.

“For the first phase, about 450 hectares of land will be developed by Myanmar and Japanese companies. The development will be completed by 2015,” Aung Naing Oo said during the Myanmar-Thai Trade and Investment Forum.

Investors from Myanmar and Japan will team up for the first phase. Other foreign investors including South Korea and Thailand are in talks with DICA for a possible investment on the new project.

About 33,000 to 45,000 job opportunities will be needed for the first phase of the project. “At least 230,000 workers could be employed during the entire project,” DICA said.

Myanmar is planning to develop three special economic zones located in Thilawa, Kyaukphyu and Dawei. The first special economic zone in Myanmar, the Dawei deep seaport project includes an industrial zone and a rail link to Thailand.

Dawei project residents deny Ital-Thai claims that relocation is “almost done”

Press release by Tavoyan Voice

November 21, 2012

Dawei project residents deny Ital-Thai claims that relocation is “almost done”

Local villagers living in the planned Dawei deep sea port and industrial zone deny recent claims by the Thai project developer that most people have already been relocated from the area.

Over 30,000 villagers from 16 villages in the US$50 billion project area are slated for relocation, but community leaders insist that no one has yet been relocated.

In an interview with the Bangkok Post on November 12, 2012, Premchai Karnasuta, managing director of Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD), said that “relocation of residents in the project area has been almost done.”

However, ITD representatives are still negotiating compensation rates, and have failed to convince the majority of villagers to move.

“Most people in my village have said they will never move out, even if houses are torn down around them,” said U Awbartha, abbot of the monastery in Mayin Gyi village.

 

Construction of new houses in a relocation camp in Bawah village, north of the project site, is still underway, and only about 300 houses have been completed. Villagers are reluctant to move there as the site is remote and there is no agricultural land available to carry out their traditional farming livelihoods.

Villagers were shocked that the Ital-Thai managing director had falsely presented the project situation on the ground, for the sake of boosting investor confidence.

“Rather than focusing on international investors, the Thai developers should worry about growing community resistance to the project,” said Lwin Lwin of Tavoyan Voice.

According to the Bangkok Post article, construction of the project is expected to begin in April 2013.

 

For further details contact:

Lwin Lwin (Phone) (+66 85 250 2982)

Tavoyan Voice is a network of community based groups working to protect and promote human rights in the Dawei area, which disseminates information through its website:   www.tavoyanvoice.com

KNU gives green light to Italian-Thai Dawei road construction

January 4 | 

  • Author: Eh Na


Kan_tavoy road constrction

The Karen National Union is considering allowing the Italian-Thai Development Company to build a road linking Burma’s Tavoy Special Economic Zone to Thailand after a meeting between the KNU and company representatives on December 28.

Saw Kwe Htoo Win, KNU chairman of the Mergui-Tavoy District and the KNU’s representative in meetings with the Italian-Thai explained to Karen News.

“The company [ITD] presented [to the KNU] their planned impact assessment. We [the KNU] will consider the proposal and make a decision. Their impact assessment plans have to meet an international standard. The KNU will further discuss how can we monitor their implementation. Meanwhile we may allow them to continue their work while monitoring the situation.”

The Italian-Thai Development Company impact assessment proposal is in response to a meeting with members of the KNU’s committee of economic development assessment. Attending the meeting were representatives of the Italian-Thai Company, led by its vice-president, Mr Anan Amarapala, and its impact assessment team from Chulalongkorn University and selected environmentalists. The company and its team presented to the KNU the project impact assessment – it included, the building of the Dawei (aka Tavoy) industrial zone, major road construction and the building of the hydro-dam in Klo Hta Continue reading “KNU gives green light to Italian-Thai Dawei road construction”

ထား၀ယ္စီမံကိန္း တြင္ မဂၢါ၀ပ္ ၄၀၀၀ ထုတ္လုပ္မည့္ ေက်ာက္မီးေသြးသုံး လွ်ပ္စစ္ဓာတ္ အားေပးစက္႐ုံ

တနသၤာရီတုိင္းေဒသႀကီး ထား၀ယ္ခ႐ိုင္ ေရျဖဴၿမိဳ႕နယ္တြင္ အေကာင္အထည္ေဖာ္လ်က္ ရွိသည့္ ထား၀ယ္ အထူးစီးပြားေရးဇုန္ စီမံကိန္းတြင္ ေက်ာက္မီးေသြးသုံး လွ်ပ္စစ္ဓာတ္အားေပးစက္႐ုံ၊ ေရနံဓာတု အေျချပဳလုပ္ငန္းႏွင့္ အျခားေသာ အလားတူလုပ္ငန္းမ်ား ပါ၀င္မည္ ျဖစ္သည့္အတြက္ ေဒသခံတို႔၏ က်န္းမာေရးႏွင့္ သဘာ၀ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ အေပၚ သက္ေရာက္ႏိုင္ေျခမ်ား ရွိေနေၾကာင္း သတင္းရရွိပါသည္။

အဆိုပါစီမံကိန္းကို ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံ ရိွ Italian-Thai Development Public Co.,Ltd  မွလုပ္ေဆာင္ေနၿပီး ဧရိယာသည္ စတုရန္း ကီလိုမီတာ ၂၅၀ ရွိကာ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၇၅ ႏွစ္ ၀န္းက်င္ လုပ္ကုိင္မည္ျဖစ္သည္။
ဓာတုအေျချပဳလုပ္ငန္းမ်ားႏွင့္ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ထိခိုက္မႈ၊ လူတို႔၏ က်န္းမာေရး ထိခိုက္မႈတို႔ကုိ ျဖစ္ေပၚေစသည့္ လုပ္ငန္းမ်ားပါ၀င္ေနကာ ယင္းအနက္ ေက်ာက္မီးေသြးသုံး လွ်ပ္စစ္ဓာတ္အားေပး စက္႐ုံလည္း ပါ၀င္မည္ျဖစ္သည္။

“ေဒသကလူေတြကေတာ့ ေကာင္းက်ဳိးဆိုးက်ဳိးကုိ သိပ္မသိၾကပါဘူး။ အခု ေက်ာက္မီးေသြးသုံး ဓာတ္အားေပး စက္႐ုံပါတယ္။ လူထုကုိ ထိခိုက္ႏုိင္တယ္။ ေဟာေျပာပြဲေတြ ေျပာေစခ်င္တယ္၊ သိေစခ်င္ပါတယ္”ဟု ထား၀ယ္ၿမိဳ႕မွေဒသခံ ဦးစိုးသိန္းက ေျပာၾကားသည္။ Continue reading “ထား၀ယ္စီမံကိန္း တြင္ မဂၢါ၀ပ္ ၄၀၀၀ ထုတ္လုပ္မည့္ ေက်ာက္မီးေသြးသုံး လွ်ပ္စစ္ဓာတ္ အားေပးစက္႐ုံ”

Burma armed group hijacks 16 Thai company trucks

EH NAH KWEKALU

Yesterday, an unknown armed group going by the initials BBK, hijacked 16 trucks belonging to the Italian-Thai Development Company working on the controversial Tavoy-Kanchanaburi highway been built in Southern Burma.

Kan_tavoy road construction (Photo Kwe Ka Lu)

An Italian-Thai Development Company officer (who did not want to be name for security reasons) told Karen News about the hijacking.

“Early morning, five armed men, equipped with MA-2 rifles stopped all the companies vehicles traveling between Myitta and Kwe Waw Wah (aka as Ain Wai) villages.”

The ITD officer believes the armed group included many more than five men who attacked the trucks.

The Italian-Thai Development Company is a Thai owned company that is constructing the highway linking Burma’s Tavoy town to Thailand’s Kanchanaburi. The ITD officer said the hijacking happened despite the heavy presence of Burma Army troops guarding providing security for the road construction. Continue reading “Burma armed group hijacks 16 Thai company trucks”

Burma Army sends reinforcements to secure Tavoy-Kanchanaburi road construction

Following a ban placed by the Karen National Union on the Italian-Thai Development Company’s Kanchanaburi-Tavoy road construction, the Burma Army have responded by reinforcing their troop numbers by sending six more battalions to the area.

According to an unnamed KNU source based in the area, Burma Army reinforcements started to arrive on October 11.

The KNU source estimated that there are of now a total of eight battalions, deployed from Kwe Waw Wa (Ain Wai) to the Thai border (Mae Tha Mee Hkee) to protect and to allow the road construction to go ahead.

The eight battalions are under the command of Colonel Hein Zaw Latt who is in charge of Tactical Operation Command 2 and 3 from Operation Command 13.

In September this year the KNU requested the Italian-Thai Development Company to stop construction on the Kanchanaburi-Tavoy road after villagers and environment groups complained that the project would have a huge impact on the environment and would cause the forced eviction of thousands of civilians.

The 160-kilometer highway is part of the mega Tavoy Development Project, estimated to be worth more than US$60 billion. The project includes a deep-sea port, a giant industrial zone, roads, railways, hydro-dams, transmission lines and oil and gas pipelines. The Burmese military government awarded the project to the Italian-Thai Development Company.

The KNU, general secretary, Naw Zipporah Sein told Karen News.

“We [KNU] have to defend ourselves from attacks by the Burma Army.” Continue reading “Burma Army sends reinforcements to secure Tavoy-Kanchanaburi road construction”

KNU tightens construction ban on Tavoy to Kanchanaburi Road

The Karen National Union (KNU) has banned all vehicles owned by the Italian-Thai Development (ITD) Company from using a road linking the Thai province of Kanchanaburi to Burma’s southern seaport of Tavoy in order to halt work on a controversial project in the area, according to Karen sources.

The road, which is still under construction, is being built by ITD as part of the multi-billion-dollar Dawei Development Project, which aims to turn Tavoy into a major transport and manufacturing hub, including petrochemical plants that are seen as a threat to the region’s pristine coastline.

Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Tuesday, Zipporah Sein, the general secretary of the KNU, said: “All development projects must abide by international laws. We do not want them to destroy the environment and cause the people to suffer because of it.”

A systematic environmental impact assessment must be carried out before the project is allowed to continue, she added.

“The people must have the right to decide. They need to know about the impact of the project,” she said.

Eh Na, the editor of Kwekalu, a Karen news agency, said that KNU informed the company of the ban on Sept 15.

“However, for humanitarian reasons, they will allow some vehicles to use the road to transport food to workers on the Burmese side,” added Eh Na, who has also done extensive research on the Dawei project.

The US $60 billion project, which was approved by the Burmese military government in March last year, includes a deep-sea port, a giant industrial zone, roads, railways, transmission lines, and oil and gas pipelines.

The KNU have been blocking vehicles carrying ITD employees since July, said Karen sources. The KNU said its actions are based on calls from local villagers who say that the mega-project will have a severe negative impact on people living in the area and the environment.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Thai military commanders in Kanchanaburi are unhappy about the new road, which they say will have strategic value for the Burmese army.

“If the Burmese launch a military operation in the future, this road will give them easy access to the border,” said a source close to the Thai army who requested anonymity.

“They [the Thai army] worry that as soon as the Burmese army reaches the border, the more they will have to suffer,” he added. irrawaddy news

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The Karen National Union has taken a tougher stance and banned all Italian-Thai Development Company vehicles from using the Tavoy-Kanchanaburi road that links southern Burma to Kanchanaburi in Thailand.

A KNU official (who requested that their name not be used) told Karen News that the KNU informed the Italian-Thai Development (ITD) Company representatives that they travel and use of the Tavoy-Kanchanaburi Road was banned from 15 September.

Sources close to the KNU explained to Karen News that the decision came after ITD representatives met with the KNU on 14 September. This is also the end of the time period allocated by the KNU for the company to carry out a road survey.

The KNU source did not want to expand on negotiations between the company and the Karen political organization.
In Early July Karen soldiers stopped all of the Italian-Thai Development Company road construction east of Tavoy, but still allowed ITD workers and vehicles to use and travel on the road. The latest KNU position bans any ITD vehicle from traveling on the road and stops all roadwork east of Tavoy to Thai border of Kanchanaburi. The KNU’s new tougher stance allows the company to bring food and supplies to their workers who are in Burma.

A few days ago the Karen soldiers avoided a major incident by not firing on a ITD car that refused to obey the ban and refused to stop.

Road construction sign on Tavoy-Kanchanaburi (Photo:KIC)

A KNU source said ITD company officials do not want to publicize or acknowledge the conflict surrounding the Tavoy Development Project it might jeopardize trust from their investors or shareholders. Continue reading “KNU tightens construction ban on Tavoy to Kanchanaburi Road”