Nicaragua Canal is underway, say locals
Almost two years after ceremonial ground was broken on the Grand Transoceanic Canal of Nicaragua, the actual soil remains obdurately undisturbed. There is no machinery, no noise, no activity.
Yet contrary to the languid scene, local people have never been more convinced that the controversial mega-project is finally about to begin. In recent weeks, they say, engineers have conducted geological surveys and marked up the area, farmers have been paid $3,000 to allow surveys of their land, and more than 500 acres have been purchased by the Chinese developer HKND for road-widening.
Source: The Guardian