No date set in compensation plan for seized farmlands in Khayan Township

NO date has been given for the planned compensation for farmers whose farmlands were seized for the Kinpunchon sluice gate construction in Khayan Township, Yangon Region, said U Han Tun, regional minister for agriculture, livestock, forestry and energy.
It is because scrutiny of the some ministries’ compensation cases for the seized lands is underway, added the regional minister while answering a question posed by U Thein Zaw Latt of Khayan Township Constituency 2 at the Yangon Region Hluttaw session yesterday.
According to the regional minister, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation confiscated a 32.40-acre plot of land owned by 14 farmers for the sluice gate construction with a pledge to pay K800,000 per acre for the land.
Farmers received only one-third of the compensation they agreed to be paid up until June last year, said the Khayan Township Hluttaw representative.
Construction of the sluice gate, that cost K1,048 million was completed in January 2013.
According to local sources, several local farming plots are annually submerged by flood waters due to sluice gate leaks.
Dredging operations for Kinpunchon creek are underway to prevent farmlands in the township from flooding with the use of the regional fund for the 2016-2017 FY said Minister U Han Tun, adding that it is necessary to seek more funds from the regional government for the dredging operations to be completed.—Ko Moe

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