Jury-Chai – The constriction of a special business zone in city of Myawaddy, situated in the Thai-Burma border region, will be created as soon as possible, according to sources close to the Minister of Industry.
“The industrial zone (is intended for) the development of Karen state. At the moment, we have been trying and managing to start the construction as soon as possible,” said U Thwin Myint Aung, an office administrator of the Minister of Industry.
U Thwin Myint Aung went on to explain that the purpose of construction the Myawaddy special business zone was to create more work opportunities for Karen state whilst simultaneously decreasing the number of Karen migrant workers.
According to sources from the Ministry of Industry, the date of the project cannot be confirmed yet.
“The land between Tin-Kan-Nyi-Naung and Myawaddy had already been earmarked for construction of the business zone. However, a survey of the land hasn’t been started yet,” said U Nai, a businessman of Myawaddy resident.
If the construction does go ahead, the land will not be confiscated. Rather, a negotiated deal will be made in order to offer the landowners compensation for the land. The prices offered are expected to be based upon the current market price of the land according to one resident.
This morning Thai and Burmese construction official of the Myawaddy-Maesot area held a negotiation workshop to discuss the construction of an industrial zone in the area. A section of land measuring 739 acres near the village of Yar-Thit along the Tin-Kan-Nyi-Naung village track in Myawaddy Township has been earmarked for the zone.
As the Myawaddy Industrial Zone will be constructed closed to the Myawaddy-Maesot trading zone, which is the second most important trading route in Burma, the township administrator has declared the construction of housed, clearing of land for cultivation, leveling of land, construction of non-residential buildings, were not permitted; as provided by a statement released by The Voice Journal via social networking website Facebook.com.