China’s BRI extension into Myanmar creates a strategic challenge for India which needs to be considered from several key angles.
With reservoir levels low, the government has also asked farmers in some provinces not to grow off-season rice.
“Everywhere you look there are indications that this river, which has provided for so many, for so long, is at a breaking point.”
At the Myitsone dam in Myanmar, Chinese investors faced the worst-case scenario, locking in funds indefinitely after the dam was suspended on environmental grounds.
It is also envisaged that the market will encourage farmers to sell their produce on a wholesale basis, and it will become a centre for farmers’ groups.