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Snuff out smouldering scandal over wooden Suvarnabhumi terminal

Oct 07. 2018
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Re: “Planned wooden airport terminal sparks fire concern”, National News, September 7.

The Prayut Chan-o-cha government should change its plan to build a new terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Firstly, neither the Architect Council of Thailand nor the Engineering Institute of Thailand were consulted, sparking rumours that the project is both corruption-prone and poses a risk to human lives.

Secondly, the Airports of Thailand-approved design of the terminal involves using mostly wood as the construction material. This will fall short of the standards demanded by the US National Fire Protection Association – to which Thailand is a 

signatory – and will pose a huge fire risk.

Thirdly, in agreeing to this design, Airports of Thailand has switched the site of the new terminal to a northeasterly position instead of the original southerly location. This is contrary to the original masterplan delivered by a consortium of foreign and Thai experts.

Finally, even before its construction, the Terminal 2 project has become an international scandal over fears it is both corruption-prone and a huge risk to human life!

Hence, the Prayut government should avoid future liability over its decision to approve this plan.

Chavalit Wannawijitr

Chiang Mai

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