Burma halts construction of coal fired power plant

The Burmese authorities have halted the construction of a Thai-backed coal fired power station, citing concerns over pollution and the environment.

The announcement came from Minister for Electricity Khin Maung Soe and is seen as another indication of burgeoning political and economic reforms.

Speaking to reporters in Rangoon, he said that the decision to stop construction of the power station had been taken after "listening to the people's voice and reading the concerns about the environmental impact of this plant in local media reports".

The 4,000 MW plant would have formed part of the huge Dawei development on Burma's southern coastline.

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