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Sudan says dam project in north will flood 12 villages

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May 4, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Youssef Tahir Qureshi, an adviser to the governor of Sudan’s Northern state on electricity and dam matters, said that the Kajbar dam project is expected to flood 12 villages in the east and west banks of the river Nile covering 3,600 acres.

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FILE - a protest against the construction of a dam in northern Sudan

Despite this, Qureshi said that the government is determined to proceed with the dam construction which is expected to generate 360 megawatts of electricity.

The official who was speaking at a forum hosted by Sudan official news agency (SUNA) underscored the importance of the dam in boosting economic and social development in the region. He noted that the dam would contribute to the creation of many heavy industries there using iron and minerals.

Qureshi stressed his government’s keenness to compensate and resettle affected villagers saying it will create two agricultural projects for them covering an area of 17,000 and 29,000 acres respectively while promising to establish state of art resettlement areas which has all the required services and facilities.

He said that the upcoming stage will witness an open dialogue with anti-dam elements and urged citizens to understand the economic benefits of the dam which he said will result in a complete turnaround and create a prosperous future for the people.

A museum will be founded to collect the historical artifacts found in the region, Qureshi said adding that implementation of the dam project will start only after the process of compensation and resettlement is completed.

The Chinese-financed project has provoked strong opposition from the residents of the region and in 2007 police clashed with protestors killing four people.

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  • 5 May 2013 09:23, by ForAll

    Compensation and resettlement is not the fair solution to them. Yes the project is national but Sudanese citizens in that Dam location must be respected and CHANGED with many presentations and meetings. They must well informed that they scarifying for their peoples of Sudan in compliance with holy Qur’an.
    Bear in mind that I am national Sudanese Darfurian

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    • 5 May 2013 13:54, by Northern Sudanese

      ForAll
      listen right, the dam needs to be built by all means. most rural areas in Sudan need electricity. the dam is to benefit the nation , so your saying that the dam must be cancelled because of some 12 villages? compensating is enough, we have been through this in merowe and roseires dams , and progress ongoing on the twin dams in east sudan to provide water for 3 million people.

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      • 5 May 2013 19:02, by ForAll

        Northern Sudanese
        Compensation is not only money but you need to consider their rich culture and many years cultural things in their home land.
        Change needs polite language and convincement.
        Yes for the Dam but not with ill-treatment for the citizens.

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        • 5 May 2013 20:54, by Northern Sudanese

          ForAll
          of course, they may lose some o their homes and more, but when the dam is built we can’t give them back everything. they will have everything they had before and even more, but just in another location.

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  • 5 May 2013 09:30, by ForAll

    In the future Sudan must go for "Hydropower streaming" in place of DAMs to avoid adverse environmental change in north Sudan.
    moreover Small HYROELECRICAL power generation stations must be implemented in Darfur, Kordofan and Eastern Sudan.

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    • 5 May 2013 13:59, by Northern Sudanese

      ForAll
      all types o eclectric production must take place , if hydro , wind , solar ect..... remember that we need a lot of electricity. today we produce between 7-9 thousands MW’s of electricity. in the UK , they produce 44 thousands MW’s of electricity. thats how big the difference is. but Sudan’s overall full demand of electricity is 20,000 MW’s. we are too far away......

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      • 5 May 2013 19:13, by ForAll

        Northern Sudanese
        Renewable ENERGY is my specialty and that is the CHANGE which I will struggle to help my beloved country SUDAN to implement it as to the coming change of 2030.

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  • 5 May 2013 16:28, by Oppressor

    Compensation is needed to all the Sudanese who are affected & as long as it is for the sake of ppl & our country no problem they can go ahead..lol

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