Thailand flood project hearings begin, fail to satisfy

The first public hearing on a state project under the government's water management scheme was too short and failed to satisfy the court's requirements, environmentalists say.

The first public hearing on a state project under the government's water management scheme was too short and failed to satisfy the court's requirements, environmentalists say.

The scheme includes plans to build the Huai Tang reservoir in Lamphun.

Locals opposed to the reservoir staged a protest yesterday outside Chakkham Khanathon School in Muang district, where the hearing was held.

Bt300 billion water management construction may be "a waste"

Constructions under the government's costly water-management and flood-prevention modules could end up being useless structures because of a total lack of integration between key modules, a leading academic at Kasetsart University (KU) has warned.

The Cabinet, however, yesterday approved the Water and Flood Management Commission's (WFMC) proposal that the government seek a Bt314-bilion loan to finance the nine modules and supplementary projects.