PM demands restricting development of small-scale hydropower projects The 1,200-MW Lai Chau hydropower plant – PHOTO: COURTESY OF EVN Speaking at a meeting on the country’s socioeconomic situation early this week, Phuc said that the main cause of the recent serious landslides in the central region were heavy rainfall and the geological structure and not hydropower projects. “The geological structure of central provinces comprises steep mountains and clay soil, which can be easily damaged by a heavy downpour. There is no hydropower project in Tra Leng Commune, Quang Nam Province, which was hit by landslides late last month. Recent landslides in Huong Hoa District, Quang Tri Province, which killed 22 people, occurred far away from residential areas.” Phuc said Vietnam has ample forest cover and the Government always pays special attention to forest areas. All important projects that affect the forests must be presented to the National Assembly for consideration and approval. The Government today presented the Than River reservoir project in Ninh Thuan Province and the Ban Mong reservoir project in Nghe An Province to the National Assembly. “The National Assembly will only approve these projects if the Government can prove that the projects affect only a small forest… Read full this story
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