Bassil said the Environment Ministry has no right to halt work on the controversial dam. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon's ministers remained incapable of agreeing on whether to proceed with the Janna Dam project, engaging in a public dispute Friday over its viability and ecological effects. Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian is adamant that the dam would provide citizens with much-needed water and electricity. Nazarian said that any delay in constructing the dam would contribute to citizens' thirst. He claimed that the dam would provide 70 million cubic meters of water to Beirut and another 25 million to Mount Lebanon, and provide an additional 100 megawatts of electricity, all while saving the state $180 million a year.Foreign Minister and Free Patriotic Movement President Gebran Bassil said the Environment Ministry has no right to halt work on the controversial dam. Ministers from the Future Movement and the Kataeb Party, in addition to Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb, also oppose the dam, citing environmental reasons.They argue that the project is too expensive and would severely damage the region's ecosystem.
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