By Pakawan Rojanasingsawad
ABOUT 100 residents of Chiangrak Yai sub-district in Pathum Thani's Sam Khok district voiced their opposition to the plan to build a 25-megawatt garbage-fired power plant in their area by submitting a petition to the Pollution Control Department chief Wij
In the letter, they said the Industry Ministry’s report declaring their area as suitable for the plant was faulty and demanded that related agencies review the report and plan.
“The Industry Ministry’s report that it is suitable to build such a power plant in Chiangrak Yai isn’t true. When we tried to contact the Chiangrak Yai sub-district administrative organisation, they just avoided giving us details. We then reported our concerns to many provincial agencies, but got no response,” the group’s representatives said.
The plant is expected to cost about Bt6.7 billion.
The group also said that Thammasat University had joined them in opposing the plan, because its campus would be located nearby. They claim the power plant would affect the fertility of the soil, as it was only 100 metres away from the nearest village, 1.5 kilometres from the Sumlae water-pump station and 2km from the Provincial Waterworks Authority’s facility.
After accepting the petition, Wijarn told the group his office would set up a committee to study the plant’s impacts and would have related agencies visit the locals to hear them out.
“I assure you that the plan will be reviewed in order to measure the effects in the area,” he said.