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The gorgeous Chinese

While the Indian dam continues to be built, China?s 185-metre high dam is all clear to generate electricity up to 22.4 million kilowatt.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 01:30 IST

If china has its version of Medha Patkar, we certainly don’t know about her. What we do know, however, is that on Saturday, the final concrete was flowed in to complete the construction of the massive Three Gorges dam. Thus, the world’s largest hydroelectric project, is ready some ten months before schedule. The Chinese government had okayed the project in 1992-- five years after the Sardar Sarovar dam construction had started.

While the Indian dam continues to be built-- facing occasional hiccups over serious issues like rehabilitation-- China’s 185-metre high Great Wall on the Yangtze river is all clear to generate electricity up to 22.4 million kilowatt, an equivalent of the energy produced by an oilfield with an annual production capacity of 25 million tons of crude oil. The Three Gorges dam project has relocated more than a million people-- five times the number of people who have to shift because of the Sardar Sarovar dam.

Of course, China being China, one has to simply believe that the rehabilitation process took place without any glitches. One also has to realise that unlike in the ‘popular’ republic of India, dissent to big dam construction can’t be simply blown away. But let’s still give credit where credit is due: China is serious about firmly up its energy requirements. And we are....