The consensus is overwhelming. Kachin locals want the Myitsone megadam to be scrapped, the commission tasked with reviewing the currently suspended project heard this weekend.
Xinhua, September 19, 2016
The hydropower commission of Myanmar's new government, formed to review and scrutinize the hydropower projects at the confluence of the Ayeyawaddy River, is preparing its first report to be submitted to the president in November, according to a press release of the commission published Monday.
The press release came following the commission's field trip to Myitgyina, the capital of northernmost Kachin state, where it conducted survey at the Myitsone hydropower dam project, meeting with foreign investors and local residents.
The report will reflect the impact of the implementation of the projects on the social environment and the ecosystem, the sustainability of the Ayeyawaddy River and the risk of its water resources.
The commission will also review whether or not the projects should continue and seek to coordinate ways to enjoy mutual benefit between Myanmar and the foreign investors, and encompass the attitude voiced by local residents and social organizations.
The 20-member commission was formed by the President's Office on Aug.12 to re-assess the long-suspended Myitsone dam project in Kachin state if it should go on.
The China-invested Myitsone hydropower project, lying on the Ayeyawaddy River near Tanphe village, about 7 kilometers downstream of the confluence in Kachin state, was suspended by the previous government in 2011 amid objections by some environmental groups.
With an installed capacity of 6,000 megawatts, the project was firstly designed to yield 29,400 million kilowatt-hours a year on completion by 2019.
The Myitsone hydropower plant project started in December 2009 as the first of the seven Maykha-Malikha valley projects of the confluence of the Ayeyawaddy River. Enditem