27 January, 2016
A Burmese company, backed by the Chinese government has prepared for testing the mineral sands of Arakan coast with an aim to produce Titanium and Aluminum.
According to an eye witness, the Ray Myaeshin company has already sent various machines to his village named Ahngumaw under southern Rathedaung township last week.
“We had never seen such machines in our localities. Now many officials, some of them should be Chinese nationals, have also arrived in our village,” added the eye witness.
The local authorities have admitted about the presence of the company officials who would go for conducting necessary tests under the project for one year with the permission from the Union mining ministry of Burma (Myanmar).
“The company will examine the mineral sands from the seashores of Ma Kyi Chung locality under Rathidaung township. It will work for in the area for a year,” said U Maung Maung, chief administrator of Rathidaung Township.
A Burmese geologist, who has joined in the mission to test heavy sands from the seashores of Ahngumaw and Alaethankyaw, informed that heavy minerals like Titanium and Aluminum were traced in the sands.
He expressed hope that the mission should financially benefit the country as there is high demand for such mineral sands in Singapore.
Many local residents have however expressed worries that the area might face negative impacts from such experiments and follow-up actions. They argued that the local villagers should be given adequate compensation & patronage from the project.