Construction Ministry compensates Pyinmana farmers for lands seized in 2003

THE Ministry of Construction has paid a compensation of K352.5 million for 171.97 acres to 284 farmers who lost their lands in 2003 for the construction of the Nay Pyi Taw-Pyinmana detour, said an official of the ministry yesterday.
The ceremony marking the first time compensation payments was held in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area. K1.5 million was paid for each acre of paddy land, K1.2 million for other types of cultivable land and K 0.5 million for crops.
Rates of compensation were agreed following consultations among the ministry, the Pyinmana Township land management committee, the township general administration department, the land record team, village administrators and farmers, said Assistant Director U Htay Aung of the ministry.
But, U Myo Tint, one of the owners of seized lands, said that they were not informed of how the compensation rates were calculated.
“I received K1.5 million for 0.77 acre of land I lost in Kyee-in village and K 0.5 million for crops,” added the farmer.
Some farmers expressed their view that a list of seized lands should be remade as some land-losing farmers received more compensation than the amount of money they deserve to be given for the acres of land they lost, according to those individuals.
Moreover, some said that they wanted to be compensated based on the current land price as the current price of the land is around K20 million per acre.
Farmers in five villages— Kinpuntan, Nyaungpintha, Kyee-in, Nat-tha-ye and Thitlaylon—in Pyinmana Township lost their lands to the 16-mile detour which runs for 10 miles in the township.


Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar

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