Licenses for more than 520 jade mining blocks to expire this month

Writer: 
Min Thiha Zaw
A mining block in Hpakant, Kachin State.

 

Licenses for more than 520 jade mining blocks in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mogok, Khamti, Monghsu and Mohnyin mining areas will expire in September, according to a statement by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.

The 524 to-be-expired jade mining blocks are: 190 in Lonekin and Hpakant, four in Monghsu, 155 in Mogok, 143 in Khamti and 32 in Mohnyin.

Jade mining blocks in Monghsu got the permit in 2015, Mogok in 2013 and 2015, Lonekhin and Hpakant in 2011 and 2015, Khamti in 2015 and Mawlu and Mawhan in Mohnyin in 2015.

In late August, licenses for 424 jade mining blocks—293 in Lonekhin and Hpakant, one in Monghsu, 66 in Mogok, five in Khamti and 59 in Mohnyin.

There were 300 expired jade mining blocks in January, 343 in February, 198 in March, 234 in April and 698 in May, 281 in June, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.