Published on Monday, 03 December 2012 16:57
The construction of the Laymyo Chaung hydropower project has been temporarily postponed due to the monsoon rains.
Myanmar authorities said the project will resume by the end of monsoon, after completing studies and surveys on the river during the rainy season.
The dam in Phapyochay village is one of the many hydro projects being built to supply power to the Rakhine State. Other dams underway are in Thahtay Chaung, Am Chaung, and Saidin.
“Chinese engineers have been testing the project area for three years. At least 60 Chin ethnic villages will be relocated due if the project resumes,” a source from an environment group said.
The proposed hydroelectric dam on the Laymyo Chaung is known to be the largest facility in western Myanmar, which will be built in partnership with the Chinese government.
Local residents downstream fear the project’s negative impact on their livelihood and the environment.
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