Daw Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transport, announced that construction of a coal-fuelled power plant, a topic of some anxiety for the local populace in Kyauktan Township, will not be allowed by Yangon Region Government.
The news came in response to a question raised by Daw Thet Thet Mu, Hluttaw representative, constituency 2, Kyauktan Township.
According to Daw Thet Thet Mu, some local residents in the village of Zwebarkone, Kyauktan township were induced into favouring the project after hearing that 2 per cent of the profits would be used for rural development, provided that construction was unanimously agreed upon by the populace residing in the area.
The project has been the subject of protests since the reign of the previous government.
In order to build a coal-burning power plant, an MoU was signed by the Ministry of Electricity, Diamond Palace Services Co, E-Gateway of India and Global Advisors (Singapore) in 2013, it is learnt.—Ko Moe