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Construction of controversial Yuam River diversion project approved

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Approval was granted today (Wednesday) for the construction of the controversial 70-billion-baht long Yuam River diversion project when the National Environment Board (NEB) gave the go-ahead for the crucial environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the project, also known as the Bhumibol Reservoir refilling project.


Chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the NEB also endorsed the EIA reports on the Mae Moh power plant project of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, the Surat Thani power plant project, the special highway project from Hat Yai district in Songkhla to the border with Malaysia and the Nam Yuan reservoir project in Phayao province.


Permanent Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Jatuporn Burutpat said after the NEB meeting that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment had expressed concern about the forested land to be sacrificed for the water diversion project and the depth of the water diversion tunnel to be built.


Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/construction-of-controversial-yuam-river-diversion-project-approved/


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