The Uzbek government’s mouthpiece, the Pravda Vostoka newspaper, has again published an appeal to the Tajik authorities to conduct an international probe into the construction of the Rogun hydropower station.
In an unsigned article, Pravda Vostoka argued that the feasibility study of the project was drafted about 40 years ago based on old standards and solutions, so the project needed to be revised now because in Soviet times there was no practice of conducting an independent study of technical projects.
The newspaper claimed that the World Bank had repeatedly offered to sponsor the independent examination of the project.
In a recent response to Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkar Mirziyayev’s letter, his Tajik counterpart Akil Akilov said that the examination of the project’s feasibility study was already done by the German firm Lahmeyer for
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The newspaper concluded that those who were interested in the construction of Rogun opposed the international probe which might find faults and cast doubt on the feasibility of the project.
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