Civic Groups, Villagers Want Myanmar to Drop Controversial Dam Project

Civil society organizations and local residents have called on the Myanmar government to cancel the U.S. $3.6 billion Chinese-financed Myitsone Dam on the Irrawaddy River in Kachin state, put on hold in 2011 following public opposition to the controversial hydropower project.

More than 1,000 environmentalists and villagers urged officials to abandon plans for the 6,000-megawatt dam during a ceremony on Sunday at the confluence of the Mali and N’Mai rivers to mark the seventh anniversary of the temporary suspension of the project by former President Thein Sein.

The two rivers that converge in Myitsone outside Kachin state’s capital Myitkyina form the source of the Irrawaddy River, which traverses Myanmar from north to south.

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