The residents demanded an immediate cancellation of the proposed coal-fired power plant project and all temporarily-suspended projects in Hpa-an after they had launched a petition on April 4.
Union Minister Win Khaing of the Ministry of Electric Power and Energy told the press conference held on March 14 that the construction of the 1280-MW coal-fired power plant was not allowed in Hpa-an, Kayin State.
The residents welcomed the remarks of the minister and felt delighted. For more certainty, 131 local organizations issued a statement of demand.
The statement said that proposed coal-fired power projects and all temporarily-suspended ones should be withdrawn; the government should announce that all coal-fired power projects are suspended as the coal-fired power plant projects can have large impacts on natural environment and the community of the residents and the government should reform policies and lay down plans upholding the implementation of renewable energy projects appropriate with the desires and requirements of the residents.
The project is not allowed at Union level, but it is not sure at the state level. It is difficult to get information about the project. At the grass root level, the companies are still buying the land plots, resident Saw Nay Lin Tun said.
Kayin State’s Government and Toyo Thailand Corporation Limited (TTCL) signed MoU to conduct a feasibility study to construct a coal-fired power plant in Wutgyi region near Hpa-an, Kayin State in April in 2017. Kayin State’s Government and the TTCL signed the joint contract to hire 815 acres of the lands for 40 years.
Translated by Win Htut