31 May 2016
The Democratic Republic of Congo is set to begin the construction of the largest dam in the world, called The Inga 3.
A statement issued by the Congolese government said The Inga 3 will span one part of the Congo river and could be producing electricity within five years.
Though no date has been fixed for the beginning of the construction, plans are already being “fast-tracked” by government.
With things still at the planning stage, some groups are already opposing its construction due to the big environmental impact it could have.
Another reason being cited is that the construction of the dam will mean the relocation of 35,000 people.
The dam will be built in several phases. Once completed, it is projected to provide 40 per cent of the continent’s electricity.