Condo's permit may be scrapped

THE CENTRAL Administrative Court may scrap EIA and construction permit for a Bt2.8-billion condominium project in Bangkok's Lak Si district next month in response to a complaint from long-time residents in the area.

The verdict is scheduled to be handed down on February 13.

Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA) president Srisuwan Janya voiced hope yesterday that the court would scrap the construction and the EIA on grounds that the commissioner of justice in the case had suggested the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project was illegitimate.

Condo body seeks EIA exemptions

The Thai Condominium Association (TCA) is set to propose to the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry that condo projects with a construction area of less than 10,000 square metres be exempt from conducting an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Newly elected president Prasert Taedullayasatit said the proposal, if approved, would help to reduce both the number of EIAs and the time it took for EIA consideration.

Statue of Unity: Detailed environment scrutiny sought

The Statue of Unity project of the Gujarat government has raised concerns over the potential environmental impact on surrounding areas.

A group of 24 citizens, organizations and environmental activists have written a petition to the secretary, ministry of environment and forests, and to the Gujarat Environment Impact Assessment Authority, demanding a detailed environmental scrutiny of project.