U Kyaw Lin, Deputy Minister for Construction, said yesterday there are no plans to allow local peasants in Pyin Oo Lwin to farm on unused land confiscated for the Yadanarbon Silicon Project.
The statement was made by U Kyaw Lwin in response to a question at yesterday’s Pyithu Hluttaw session by Dr U Aung Khin of Pyin Oo Lwin constituency.
“There is not any plan to reclaim 9,893 acres of farming land confiscated for Yadanarbon Silicon Project into farming land, and they will be implemented in order to produce the best results for the country, under the master plan”, the Deputy Minister said. “The Yadanarbon neo-town plan was launched with the intention of developing the social lives and emergence of a hub of internationally standardized IT. In 2008 and 2009, a total of 100,000 acres of land were confiscated for Yadanarbon neo-town plan and handed over to the department of urbanisation and housing development. Of them, 107 acres were handed over to the Correctional Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs to be used as 24 mile-rock-producing-land, with 662 acres targeted as Yadanarbon neo-town plan by Mandalay City Development Committee.”
The Deputy Minister added, “Yadanarbon neo-town plan will be implemented in 3 phases. Phase 1 has 2,200 acres of land and it will include software drawing factories, factory complex, greening land and servicing areas, ICT Main Complex, housing estate for staff, day nursery, stadium, restaurants and southern housing project.
Phase 2 has 2,919 acres of land and it will include a civilian zone, administrative zone, servicing zone, economic zone, SMEs industrial zone, industrial and agro-based economic zone. Phase 3 has 4,774 acres of land, and it will include low-cost housing estate, fair-cost housing estate, high-cost housing estate, hotel zone, international standard stadium, crop plantation zone, servicing zone, administrative zone, departmental offices and golf club.
Scrutiny must be carried out as to whether land can be reclaimed as urban development, or not. Necessity of regional cabinet and local needs must be taken into consideration.
Project area is so much so that it will be difficult to implement them at the same time, hence the need to implement the project step by step.”
Kyaw Thu Htet