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PM urged to consider Bt6.5 bn flood management projects in North

Dec 26. 2017
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By The Nation

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A political heavyweight in Sukhothai province on Tuesday asked PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha to consider 134 development projects worth Bt6.5 billion at today’s mobile Cabinet meeting.

Former deputy PM Somsak Thepsutin led his Matshima group to meet the junta chief yesterday.

Somsak said after the meeting that the proposed projects would focus on managing floods which have hindered development efforts in the North.

The proposed projects include construction of the controversial Kaeng Suea Ten Dam, which faces strong resistance from environmentalists and locals living in the vicinity of Mae Yom River.

Earlier this month, villagers in Phrae province issued a statement slamming Somsak’s intention to revive the long-abandoned plan with the junta government. They asked for the “Sa Eiab Model” to manage irrigation to cope with drought in summer.

The Cabinet is also set to consider construction of four reservoirs as part of the Sa Eiab Model today.

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