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India Scraps Two Huge Hydropower Projects in Burma

6 June 2013

India has scrapped two controversial hydropower projects in Burma following talks with Naypyidaw largely due to local opposition and environmental concerns. India had hoped to gain a foothold in the country’s energy sector with the projects, which would have provided power to India’s northeastern states, as well as cement bilateral diplomatic ties with its neighbor. But following years of planning, the two projects on the Chinwin River have been abandoned. “Both sides have agreed to suspend any further action on them [the dams] at present,” a source told the New Indian Express on Thursday.