Railway Line in Southern Thailand

Rail line across Thailand runs into resistance

Date of Release: 
Aug 3 2016

Work on a railway line that would link the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea has hit a hurdle after opposition by residents in southern Thailand.

The National Environment Board on Monday rejected a proposal on the project after locals complained it had been drawn up without their involvement, as required under the law.

Its environmental impact assessment "was conducted without people's participation", local and environmental activist Wichoksak Ronnarongpairee told The Straits Times.

As a result, the board suspended it pending further consultations with the local community.

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