Inquiry into Kachin hydro projects rejected

The surrounding environment near the dam as seen in November 2013.

The Kachin State Hluttaw on April 2 meeting rejected an inquiry seeking information concerning the termination of Confluence Region Hydropower Projects.

When In Pha yaung Gan, a representative of the Hpakant Township, asked for information regarding the final date for the termination of the hydropower projects which were temporarily suspended by the current government, it was rejected by Kachin State Hluttaw chairman on grounds that it is an issue that has to be discussed at Assembly of the Union, not at state level.

Kachin State Chief Minister La John Ngan Sai, when asked the same question by a journalist at the Myitkyina City Hall, said that as the government is elected by the people, the wishes of the people are the top priority.

It has been three years since President Thein Sein announced the suspension of the hydropower projects on September 30, 2011.

The Confluence Region Hydropower Projects located at Myitsone, Chibwe, Pashe, Lakin, Phizaw, Khaunglanphu and Laiza, are equipped to produce up to 20,000 megawatts, according to a source.