Over 190 mining sites will expire in March as environmental plans drawn up

Writer: 
Min Thiha Zaw
Mining site in Hpakant Township, Kachin State (Photo-Aung Hein Min)
 
YANGON-Licences for over 190 mining sites in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin, Mogok, Hkamti, Mongshu and Nantyarseik townships are set to expire in March, according to the Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation.
 
A total 192 licences granted between 2010 and 2015 will expire for sites in Mongshu, Mogok, Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin and Nantyarseik townships.
 
Those licences will no longer be available for renewal and environmental management plans are being drawn up for the mining sites.
 
Upon completion of the plan, the mining licences will be shared among the Union Government and respective States and Regions Government Committees, said Win Htein, consultant to the Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation.
 
The ministry also announced that 300 mining licences in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin, Mogok, Hkamti, Mongshu and Nantyarseik townships had expired in January.
 
Likewise, 343 mining plots in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin, Mogok and Monghsu areas expired in February, along with 311 mining licences expiring last September in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin, Mogok, and Hkamti townships.