Cambodia: Prime Minister assures opposition that Stung Chhay Areng Dam will be put on hold

Author: Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia, Published on: 6 October 2014

“Cambodia Puts on Hold Plans to Build Controversial Dam”, 1 October 2014

Cambodia may shelve plans to build the Chinese-backed Stung Chhay Areng dam, opposition leader Sam Rainsy said after talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen…a day after the government said it would forge ahead with the controversial project...Hun Sen indicated he would let a “younger generation” of leaders decide on the fate of the the U.S. $400 million dam project to be built by Chinese construction and engineering giant Sinohydro Corporation. The project, which has been opposed by residents in the area where it is to be built and criticized by environmentalists…will flood parts of the valley, displace residents and destroy the ecosystem and ancestral area of the Chong minority group that lives there [according to reports]…

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Related companies: China National Water Resources & Hydropower Engineering (Sinohydro)