Three Gorges Probe

Construction industry journal calls dam a dinosaur

Three Gorges Probe
March 1, 2006

In a survey of China’s booming infrastructure sector, the industry journal International Construction has highlighted some of the problems surrounding the Three Gorges dam project: "Construction is currently facing spiralling costs, technological difficulties, major resettlement problems and intense media coverage. "Unlike the Chinese investments in infrastructure, the future benefits of the Three Gorges dam are questionable, as rapid technological advances have already turned it into a modern-day dinosaur." (Going for Gold, Sept 1, 2001) Last year the same journal reported that "China’s biggest and most costly project has become the latest focus of a wave of allegations about corrupt officials taking bribes from unqualified contractors. These fears have raised concern about the safety of this mega-project."

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