Over 1400 families relocated for new railway station
According to local sources, over 1,400 houses in Myenegone and Hlaing wards have already been destroyed, following order by the SPDC authorities.
A businessman from Moulmein said the authorities will compensate those whose houses are being relocated, but the price varies from a thousand kyats per square feet for brick houses to 200 kyats for wooden houses and 140 kyats for thatched roof houses.
In return, local residents will be granted land available for housing in Phetkhin and NganTe wards. They will have to buy their land in these new areas but prices are not yet known. The new sites will be on lots approximately 80 by 60 feet per household, according to a report from Moulmein.
Photos of houses being destroyed were taken on September 21 by ward authorities. The owners had to pay 1, 500 kyats to get a photo taken.
The source reported that the authorities would resettle those who can afford to build more expensive brick houses along the main road, while those who can afford wooden house will be on side streets and the poor, who can only afford thatch roofed houses, will be given land farther away from the main scene/streets.
The Burmese junta has launched a mega project to make the capital of Mon State the terminal point for the rail line from Rangoon. The railway station itself is scheduled to be built at the Myenegone cemetery in Moulmein. The space reserved for the new station occupies about 200 acres.
Up until now, the Rangoon-Moulmein railway line ended at the terminal in Mottama, on the opposite bank of the Salween (Thanlwin) river, but when the new road and rail bridge presently under construction across the river is opened passengers will be able to ride all the way by train without taking a ferry.