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Dam committee meets Myitsone residents

Kachin residents have expressed their refusal to accept the Myitsone dam project when the Investigation Commission for Hydropower Projects on the Ayeyawady River visited Myitsone.

The committee met town elders and MPs at the Myitsone Resort, asked about the livelihoods of villagers and the environmental damage caused by gold mining.

The Investigation Commission for Hydropower Projects on the Ayeyawady River visits Myitsone, Kachin State (Photo-Tun Lin Aung)

By Tun Lin Aung

Kachin, Myanmar, September 19, 2016

Eleven Myanmar

Kachin residents have expressed their refusal to accept the Myitsone dam project when the Investigation Commission for Hydropower Projects on the Ayeyawady River visited Myitsone.

The committee met town elders and MPs at the Myitsone Resort, asked about the livelihoods of villagers and the environmental damage caused by gold mining.

Villagers said unemployment was high and their forced relocation disrupted their farming.

They told the committee that the area was a key Kachin heartland and they would unite to oppose the project.

They demanded the right to return to their original villages.

The Kachin State government is planning to meet residents and town elders at the City Hall in Myitkyina, the state capital, on September 18.

The committee members had lunch at the China Power Investment (CPI) company headquarters while inspecting the compound.

They met Mali Yan villagers who had been forced to move to the new settlement. They called for a graveyard, a supply of drinking water and electricity and renovation of schools and wells.

The visiting 12-member commission does not include chairman T Khun Myat, the Deputy Speaker of the Lower House, and its vice-chairman Kyaw Tint Swe, minister of the State Counsellor’s Office.

Photo: The Investigation Commission for Hydropower Projects on the Ayeyawady River visits Myitsone, Kachin State (Photo-Tun Lin Aung)

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