The Lower Sesan II Dam, an $800 million project, was officially launched yesterday after more than four years of construction.
Indigenous families in Kbal Romeas village who were displaced last year by flooding have been given new homes.
The government has temporarily halted transport of timber and forest products from Lower Sesan II dam in Stung Treng province’s Sesan district until after the elections in July.
Families forced to relocate away the Lower Sesan II Dam ask authorities to register their new village as indigenous collective lands.
The government is planning to lower the price of electricity for factories in the agriculture sector, to supply it 480 riel, per kilowatt hour.
Local authorities agrees to allow the last families near the Lower Sesan II dam to establish a new village.
Villagers are demanding officials working on the dam vacate their local pagoda.
Villagers request closing dam be delayed by a month to prepare for expected floods.
The Lower Sesan II Dam hydropower plant will start generating 50 megawatts of power by October this year.