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Dam on the Salween definitely on

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Dam on the Salween definitely on

Despite the lid being tightly kept on the project, the dam in Shan State's part of the Salween is doubtlessly on the way to becoming a reality, according to an informed source.

"If you are still in doubt, just wait until the dry season returns," he confided. "A bypass from Mongton to Tasang Bridge shall be in construction."

Thai Sawad, A Burma-based Thai company, headed by Somkid Ounman, better known as Sia Ord, has been contracted for the job. The firm had already completed a 12 km road from the bridge to the dam site at Tanghseng last year.

The source denied there was another bypass being constructed from the Thai border to Tasang. (Dam cover-up for strategic road, SHAN, 23 April 2003) "It never materialized," he said.

Thailand's MDX Group signed an agreement with Rangoon on 20 December 2002 for the construction of a 3,600 megawatt hydroelectric power dam in Tasang, between Mongpan and Mongton townships.

The plan is being actively opposed by both Burma and Thai activist groups.


The Tasang Bridge

The road from Tasang to dam site, during in construction (2003)