Representatives of China Power Investment (CPI) have been visiting the homes of Kachin civilians relocated by the controversial Myitsone dam project to rally support for restarting the project postponed by President Thein Sein last on September 30, 2011.
The Myitsone Dam was being built by Burmese government contractors Asia World and Chinese investors CPI on the Irrawaddy River. If completed it will be the fifteenth largest hydroelectric dam in the world and provide between 3,600 to 6,000 megawatts of electricity primarily for Yunnan, China. The dam project has been widely criticized for the negative environmental impact it will have on the area due to flooding and the location of the construction site on the Sagaing fault line. Hundreds of people who lived near the dam project have been forcibly relocated.
According to villagers who were relocated to Aung Myin Thar Sanpya, ten CPI representatives recently visited them at their new homes from 1st July to 3rd inquiring about their well-being. Continue reading “Chinese company tries to gain the support of locals to restart Myitsone dam project”