15 Jan Impasse over coal mining protest in Shan State

Written by Phyu Phyu Zin Published in Natural Resources Read 3932 times
Residents of Mongkung Township, Shan State are concerned about plans for a coal mine that they fear may pollute the area. Photo:Mong Kung Township/Facebook
Residents of Mongkung Township, Shan State are concerned about plans for a coal mine that they fear may pollute the area. Photo:Mong Kung Township/Facebook

Local people in Mongkung Township in Southern Shan State say a meeting to discuss the plan for a controversial coal mining project has failed to resolve the clash of views.

On January 13, about 50 local representatives from villages and wards in Mongkung Township and eight representatives of the two companies involved met with the help of the Restoration Council of Shan State to try to resolve the issue but failed to reach a conclusion.

Local residents have stated their opposition to the plan by the Pyae Aung Hein and Hein Myittar companies to set up the coalmine project on 1,000 acres of land in Mongkung Township after receiving permission from the Nay Pyi Taw government and the RCSS.

U Sai Pan MP (State Hluttaw, Shan National League for Democracy, Mongkung Township (1)) told Mizzima that if the project goes ahead, everybody in the township will be forced to move.

He claimed the project would cover 2,000 acres and that it was just one and half miles from the town.

“It will affect the water resources of 3,000 to 5,000 acres (12 to 15km) of farm land, it will really affect the environment, and local residents do not accept the project,” U Sai Pan said.

“I don’t know why the [Shan] state government is quiet about it,” he said, adding that if there is still a conflict over the issue, he will raise it in parliament.

Last modified on Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:19