The Bank's Board of Directors was scheduled to vote on
Opposition from local and international NGOs has been mounting, and civil society groups are now urging the Bank to fundamentally reconsider the Inga 3 project.
Opponents of the project claimed that as proposed, the Inga 3 Dam would generate power for mining companies and the South African market, not for the more than 90 per cent of the DRC population that have no access to electricity.
In a letter to the
If the Inga 3 Dam were to go ahead, they insisted that at least 50 per cent of the power generated by the dam should serve the energy needs of the population.
Danny Singoma, Executive Director of the Congolese NGO, CENADEP, commented: "The project assumes that the revenues from the power exports will benefit local people.
"These kinds of development have never worked in our country, where there is so much corruption and no accountability to the citizens by those in power." The DRC has a large potential of clean local energy sources such as solar and micro-hydropower.
Rudo Sanyanga, Africa Programme Director for International Rivers, said: "Decentralised energy is the only feasible way of meeting the energy needs of the majority in such a vast country with limited capacity for maintaining huge infrastructure.
"It is time to move quickly to develop these resources, rather than destructive mega-hydro plants." In a briefing paper, International Rivers documents how the Environmental Impact Assessment that would be carried out under the proposed
Most importantly, the paper noted, the Bank had indicated it was not prepared to assess the cumulative impacts of the 11 dams and six hydropower projects that are planned under the Grand Inga scheme.
"Such short-sighted approaches to dam cascades have caused the death of critical ecosystems by a thousand cuts in the past," International Rivers said.
Inga 3 is projected to cost billion and have a capacity of 4,800 megawatts if completed.
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