Nov 2, 2012

Myanmar-China railroad link underway

A railroad linking a Myanmar seaport to China will be built as part of the country’s special economic zone project, an official said.

Director-general Aung Naing Oo of the Department of Investment and Companies Administration said the railroad will run from the western seaport Kyaukphyu all the way to China’s Yunnan province to boost the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project.

"The memorandum of understanding for the railroad project was signed in April 2011,” U Tin Thit, an official of Green Land Mandalay, said.

Feasibility studies are being carried out for areas that will be affected during the railroad construction. About 1,500 to 2,000 acres are being eyed in Zinchaung, Kinmyauk, Kyaukphyu villages and 3,000 to 5,000 acres in Aung Hlarabyin and Kyaukngaga villages.

U Tin Thit added that the Myanmar-China gas pipeline monitoring committee has been set up. He said some locals have yet to receive compensation for their land, which were taken to make way for the gas pipeline project.

“Farmlands were damaged when the implementation of the project started. Chinese officials met with peasants on October 19, saying that projects would move ahead only if the peasants agreed to them,” he said.

Source: 11 Media Group