Farmland owner Win Lwin Oo has revealed that the Thai construction firm Italian-Thai (ITD) has agreed compensation with him over damages to his land caused by the construction of the Dawei-Kanchanaburi Highway.
On June 8, two sections of highway were built across his farmland and the area had to be fenced off. The local farmer accused the firm of failing to safeguard against the perishing of long-term plantations, the blockage of streams, and the perishing of crops caused by waterlogged soil during the rainy season.
Win Lwin Oo told Mizzima he reported the damages to the Yay Phyu Township Police Station in order to sue the company on June 21.
However, he said, a representative of ITD invited him to negotiate the following day, and some 20 staff from ITD visited the fields and entered into a negotiation.
“We counted the number of plants. We made a draft agreement for the payment of 13.5 million kyat (over US$14,000) for the 600 plants as compensation,” said Win Lwin Oo. “The company said they would settle within a week.”
Thirteen other farmland owners similarly affected have also reportedly agreed terms with ITD.