Tthe Shan State minister for electricity and industry, and other members of the Shan government visited Tar Lon villagers. But protesters prevented them from reaching the village, which will be flooded by the dam.
“That’s why our government is getting poorer and poorer and our government workers getting wealthier and wealthier. That’s wrong; that’s illegal. Our country is going to go bankrupt soon,”
The government has prepared alternatives for the abandonment, including 6,000 MW from coal-fired power and LNG-to-power by 2030 as well as increasing import from China, Laos, and Malaysia.
China is planning to build vital trade and logistics links with Myanmar along the Ayeyarwady River as part of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) to bypass poor road infrastructure.