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Cabinet okays new Chachoengsao reservoir for EEC

Jul 09. 2020
Thongplew Kongjun, RID director-general
Thongplew Kongjun, RID director-general
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By The Nation

The Cabinet on Wednesday (July 8) approved the Royal Irrigation Department (RID)'s proposal to construct a new reservoir in Chachoengsao province to support water demand in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

The Huai Khok Khian Reservoir project is part of the water development and management strategy to support the EEC from 2017 to 2037 under the 20-Year National Strategy.

Thongplew Kongjun, RID director-general, said the National Water Resource Committee (NWRC) chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan had also approved the project.

"This reservoir will support development and water consumption of both agriculture and industry in the EEC," he said. "Meanwhile, it will also help prevent saltwater intrusion in the Bang Pakong River."

Chachoengsao currently has 1.5 billion cubic metres of water storage capacity, while demand from 2017 to 2037 is expected to increase to 1.637 billion cubic metres, up by about 12 per cent.

"The Huai Khok Khian Reservoir project, with a capacity of 19.2 million cubic metres, will cost Bt1.8 billion, of which Bt1.2 billion will be used for land compensation and Bt680 for construction," explained Thongplew.

"This reservoir will help feed 11,000 rai of agricultural land during the rainy season and 3,000 rai during the drought season.”

The reservoir will also provide 3 million cubic metres of water per year to the EEC, while 1.3 million cubic metres will be used to prevent saltwater intrusion, he added

"However, we do not have to create an Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] report because this project covers less than 80,000 rai, does not divert water across basins, and is not located in a Class 1 watershed area," he said.

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