Villagers condemn power-plant project

Residents have staged a protest in Thakyataw village, Dawei District of Tanintharyi Region, against a coal-fired power plant to be built by the 24-Hour Mining and Industry Company Limited.

About 400 residents took part, carrying banners reading “Environmental preservation”, “No dirty plant wanted”, “Stop the coal-fired power plant project”, “Get out” and “Goodbye to the old government, too weak for the rule of law”.

Protest leader Sit Tun said they were only targeting the outgoing government, which had given the project the green light, and the new administration would have to decide whether to push ahead with the project.

He said it was the second protest with the first coming after deputy energy minister Maw Thar Htwe told Myanmar Radio National Service on February 27 that the public fully supported the project.

“The 24-Hour Mining and Industry Company is lying. We have confirmation about it. I will face legal action if it’s an incorrect allegation. I’m ready for it. When it first came, it said only two types of gas would come out of the project. They concealed other side effects,” he said.

The coal-fired power plant was planned with a capacity of MW500 in Ramazu region near Thakyataw, 48km south of Dawei.

The 24-Hour Mining and Industry Company was unavailable to comment.

Source: elevenmyanmar

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