11 June 2013 , Bangkok, Thailand

A new report by the Kaladan Movement raises community concerns about the lack of government transparency surrounding the implementation of the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project. The $214 million Kaladan Project – estimated to be fully operational in 2015 – will see the construction of a combined inland waterway and highway transportation system connecting Mizoram State in Northeast India with a Bay of Bengal deepsea port at Site-tway, Arakan State in western Burma.

June 11, 2013

The Hindu

Bangkok: India’s 214-million-dollar infrastructure project in western Myanmar should have environmental impact studies before proceeding, environmental activists said Tuesday.

“We anticipate that this is going to become a major illegal route for wildlife trade,” said Kashmira Kakati, an Indian biologist who conducted a 2011 environmental impact study on part of the project.

Jun 11, 2013 

Zin Linn

Asian Correspondent

President U Thein Sein received a delegation led by Minister for Commerce, Industry and Textile of India 
Mr Anand Sharma, at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in NayPyiTaw, 7 June 2013. 
(Photo Credit: http://www.president-office.gov.mm)

An alliance of civil-society organizations launched a report which calls for safeguards against human rights violations and accountability for all stakeholders during the implementation of the Kaladan Project. The report − One cannot step into the same river twice: making the Kaladan Project people-centered – was released Tuesday at a press conference at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok.

June 11, 2013 

Thomson Reuters Foundation 

Workers from India's Essar Group build new port in Sittwe, western Myanmar, where the Kaladan River flows
into the Bay of Bengal. Picture taken May 19, 2012. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)

Bangkok  – Human rights groups issued a report on Tuesday criticising a $214 million Indian infrastructure project in western Myanmar as being secretive, excluding local people and threatening the environment and livelihoods of 1.2 million people along its route.

June 11, 2013

RSSPUMP News (Re-post from E-PAO)

A new report by the Kaladan Movement raises community concerns about the lack of government transparency surrounding the implementation of the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project. The $214 million Kaladan Project – estimated to be fully operational in 2015 – will see the construction of a combined inland waterway and highway transportation system connecting Mizoram State in Northeast India with a Bay of Bengal deepsea port at Site-tway, Arakan State in western Burma.

June 10, 2013

Thiha

Consult Myanmar

New Delhi: India has offered USD 150 million of credit for project exports to set up a SEZ in Myanmar and has expressed hope that the neighbouring country would permit Indian banks to set up branches there.

The issues came up for discussion during the three-day visit of Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.

Kaladan Movement

Labour discrimination is embedded in the Kaladan Project’s 2008 Framework Agreement. Article 17 of the Agreement states that “Indian labour laws, including rates of payment and compensation, will apply to Indian personnel including technicians [while] Myanmar (Burma) workers shall be subject to Myanmar labour laws.” On the ground this stipulation has resulted in unrest among local labourers who feel as if they are being treated as second-class citizens in their own state. At the Site-tway Port site, local labourers face discrimination in terms of their working conditions and wages. The unrest has been growing. On 8 August 2012, approximately 40 ESSAR workers from the Site-tway Port construction site staged a strike in front of the local ESSAR offi ce to bring attention to their grievances about not being treated equally to Indian workers on the site.

Kaladan Movement

These mountains are historically significant places and are 73 miles from Sitetway. If they really need stones for the Kaladan project, there are a number of othermountains along the river. It is illogical to dig the stones from the Shwe Taung and Ngwe Taung mountains. This is the destruction of the beliefs of an ethnic nationality and more importantly, our valuable historical heritage.” [protesters at Shwe Taungand Ngwe Taung]

June 9, 2013

Hindustan Times

India has offered $150 million of credit for project exports to set up a SEZ in Myanmar and has expressed hope that the neighbouring country would permit Indian banks to set up branches there.

The issues came up for discussion during the three-day visit of commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.

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