24 April 2004
The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) last week kick-started the process of the commissioning of an environmental impact assessment for the construction of the proposed Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme.
"The Zambezi River Authority is in the process of preparing for the developments on the Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme," ZRA said in a statement. "At these meetings, the stakeholders' inputs in the development of the terms of references (TORs) for consultancy services will be revealed. These TORs will be to carry out an environmental and social impact assessment for the proposed Batoka Gorge Electric Scheme on the Zambezi River," the Lusaka headquartered authority revealed. Meetings will kick off at the end of this month in Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Lusaka and Harare, ending mid-May.
The announcement signals the first serious step by the two southern African governments in 20 years to roll out the massive facility on the Zambezi River, three kilometres from Mwemba Falls and 54 kilometres east of Victoria Falls.
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