In Building of Chinese Dams, Poorest are Paying a High Price – Jehangir S. Pocha

1228dam.jpgFrom The Boston Globe via IHT:

Officials here say that the mammoth Three Gorges Dam Project along the historic Yangtze River will control deadly flooding, provide electricity to millions of people and create vital inland navigation along a 640-kilometer-long reservoir.

But behind the project’s promise and grandeur ” the $30 billion endeavor is widely billed as the world’s largest construction project ” lie stories of corruption, land seizures and despair.

According to farmers displaced by the project, local officials routinely suppress stirrings of protest and violate the rights of the 1.2 million people being moved off their land to make room for the dam’s massive reservoir.[Full Text]

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