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Sunday, May 21, 2006

 

China’s 15-year lesson in how not to build a dam

`The last of 16 million tonnes of concrete will be poured in today, making Chairman Mao’s dream of a reality, and giving China’s current generation of engineers-turned-leaders the chance to proclaim another colossal step forward in the country’s “harmonious development”.

But the completion of the Three Gorges dam has been anything but harmonious. It is now being cited as a textbook example of how not to build a dam. Before it even starts operating, the giant hydro-electric scheme is threatened by silt – the solution to which is to pour yet more concrete into the Yangtse river.’




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