The Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport (KMMTT) project is being surveyed by the Chin National Party (CNP). The project is being sponsored to the tune of 120 million US dollars by the Indian government. The CNP survey group left for Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state, Burma on 5 February.
The suffering of local people will be monitored by a CNP survey group led by Mr. Zozam, the party President, said Mr. Ceu Bik Thawng, General Secretary who is accompanying the survey group.
“We will be listening to the people’s voice. We will collect facts from people who are losing their lands, jobs and facing depredation because of the KMMTT project, said Mr. Thawng.
It learnt that the survey group will reach Sittwe, Kyauktaw Town of Rakhine state and Paletwa Town, Sinletwa village of Chin state and then the group will leave for Rangoon, former capital of Burma on 11 February.
The KMMTT project started following an agreement between Indian and the Burmese government since 2008 and project will be crossing via Mizoram state, northeast India.
The Kaladan project will connect Paletwa Town by the sea way to India and the land route will be connected through Mizoram to central India from Paletwa.
The road construction will be by Max (Myanmar) company from Paletwa to Mizoram border.
The road construction has led to destruction of some houses of Auh-te Ma-wa Village of Paletwa Township and water drain over 70 acres. Village paddy fields are also filled with road construction soil, so farmers are facing problems.
A suggestion letter on KMMTT was issued by the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party and Chin National Party jointly to India and the Burmese government. The letter requested both sides on 4 February that the detail projects should be made aware to the local people before the project starts.
The project will be constructed by Eassar Company of India and will be completed in 2013. Khonumthung news