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Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

Date of Release: 
Jun 25 2016

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, but made no mention of her administration’s commitment to the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) or other mutual business or trade interests. The pair also declined to take questions after the press briefing.

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SEZs under scrutiny

Date of Release: 
Jun 28 2016

Of the long list of challenges inherited by the new government when it took office in April, among the most expensive and ambitious are the special economic zones planned for Yangon and on each side of the country, on the Indian Ocean.

Conceived when Myanmar was still under military rule, the three multi-million-dollar SEZs – at Thilawa in Yangon Region, Dawei in Tanintharyi Region and Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State – have faced accusations of land grabbing and a disregard for transparency.

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Gov Pushes BKK to Finalize Light Rail Project

Date of Release: 
Aug 1 2016

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada is fed up.

After years of talking and planning a province-wide light rail project, Governor Chamroen is ready for officials to put up or shut up.

The governor has called on the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) in Bangkok to sort things out in his office next week or dismiss the project entirely.

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Rail line across Thailand runs into resistance

Date of Release: 
Aug 3 2016

Work on a railway line that would link the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea has hit a hurdle after opposition by residents in southern Thailand.

The National Environment Board on Monday rejected a proposal on the project after locals complained it had been drawn up without their involvement, as required under the law.

Its environmental impact assessment "was conducted without people's participation", local and environmental activist Wichoksak Ronnarongpairee told The Straits Times.

As a result, the board suspended it pending further consultations with the local community.

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University study excluded public participation

Date of Release: 
Jul 18 2016

They complained that a study team from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Lat Krabang (KMITL) had conducted an improper public hearing on the project.

People from local communities and academics denounced the KMITL study team, saying that people's right to decide on the project had been violated.

They said the study team had set up a public hearing without providing essential information on the project and also claimed to have support of riverside communities, which were yet to approve the project.

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Salt mine protests intensify

Date of Release: 
Jun 13 2016

Nakhon Ratchasima: More than 500 villagers rallied Sunday against a company's underground salt mining project in Kham Thale So district amid concerns over the environmental impacts.

Protesters from tambon Phandung, tambon Nong Suang and tambon Khang Phlu in the district paraded through 15 villages to persuade other residents to join a campaign against Saltworks Co's underground rock-salt mining project covering about 600 rai.

Some are concerned underground rock salt mining can create large underground caverns, which could lead to land subsidence.

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MoEF panel gives ToR for project with Nepal

Date of Release: 
May 26 2016

In a significant step, an expert panel of the Union environment ministry has recommended the terms of references for long-impending joint India-Nepal Pancheshwar multipurpose project to avoid any delay in its environmental impact study.

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Thilawa SEZ phase two nears completion

Date of Release: 
May 25 2016

The first phase of the 400-hectare Zone A was finished last September and the second phase is almost complete, said U Thein Han, chair of Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development (MJTD).

More than 85 percent of the land in Zone A has been reserved by 69 light-industry manufacturers from across the globe, he said. Of these, nine are already exporting their products, ranging from car parts to garments and electronic gadgets.

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Government to revive Versova-Bandra Sea Link project

Date of Release: 
May 19 2016

Opposition from environmentalists as well as residents and various problems during execution of Coastal Road between Bandra and Versova is making the state government revive its Versova-Bandra Sea Link project despite having scrapped the entire sea link project on Mumbai's Western Coast.

Therefore, there is a possibility of a Coastal Road that snakes from South Mumbai to Kandivli — completely skipping the Bandra-Versova section.

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Action against THDC If Found Guilty: NGT

Date of Release: 
May 18 2016

The managing director of Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) would be liable and would be dealt with in accordance with the law in case of default in the 444 MW capacity Vishnugad-Peepalkoti hydro electric project. This was stated recently by the National Green Tribunal while hearing on a case of Vimal Bhai versus Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Government of Uttarakhand.

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