The farmer claims that he has lost crops and land fertility due to blockages in streams as a result of the highway construction.
“I have reported this twice to ITD, but they are procrastinating and not taking responsibility,” he said. “So, I will sue the construction engineer in charge.”
This is the first time that a local resident has taken action against the Thai firm. It comes following a meeting between Dawei residents and Niran Pitakwatchara, the managing director of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand.
According to a report submitted to the Special Court by farmland owners in the Talaing Yar District, 14 persons including Win Lwin Oo disputed the amount of compensation offered for losses to their farmland and livelihoods.
Win Lwin Oo is on record as saying that he first began planting rubber and areca (beetle nut) trees on 35 acres of land in 2006-07.