Environment Impact Assessment related news

BMA hires two universities as consultants on ‘Chao Phraya Landmark’ project

Deputy city clerk Pattarut Tantranon said yesterday that universities would be paid Bt120 million for the project, and they are required to conduct a detailed survey of the project area; design the project keeping in mind the community and impact from hydrology; as well as carry out an environmental impact assessment.

The project covers a 7-kilometre stretch along the river from Rama 7 Bridge to Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge on both sides.

Residents want MPAJ to release EIA of Bukit Antarabangsa project

NO DECISION has been made on a proposed mixed development project in Bukit Antarabangsa, Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said.

He said the project was discussed at the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) on Feb 18.

“They have not made any decision because there are several issues pending.

“The state government has asked MPAJ to check on the conditions set by the technical departments of the project.

“The developers will be required to explain their measures to comply with the conditions,” he disclosed.

Villagers near Phichit goldmine get healthcare advice

MEDICS and public health officials yesterday visited some 200 people living in three villages near a gold mine in Phichit’s Thab Khlo district to provide them healthcare after tests showed they have excessive amounts of heavy metals in their blood.

The visit, in which medical advice was also given, was in line with the policy of a five-party committee tasked with solving issues arising from the gold mine's operations.

The move followed Rangsit University last week presenting the test results to the committee via Phichit Governor Chatraporn Ratdusadee.

Say No To Dash rally on March 20

PETALING JAYA: Residents of Damansara Perdana will hold a rally on March 20 to oppose the building of the Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (DASH).

Say No To Dash (SNTD) member and resident Alvin Chin told reporters here that the project was illegal as it did not comply with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA).

"The state government is doing something illegal and they are just expecting the residents to keep quiet and listen.

Govt defends NCPO’s order no. 9/2559

BANGKOK, 13 March 2016 (NNT) – The government has defended order no. 9/2559 recently issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), saying that it will boost the country’s economy.

Government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the NCPO’s order no. 9/2559 was actually meant to promote the well-being of the public through government mega-projects and a revamp of disaster prevention and mitigation.

Myanmar races ahead as we back-pedal

All eyes have been on Myanmar this week as it finally voted a new president, Htin Kyaw, into office, in so doing becoming the latest debutante into the democratic club. A close aide (for many he is a proxy) of democracy icon Aug San Suu Kyi, who is blocked from taking up the role due to constitutional hurdles, Htin Kyaw is the first civilian leader of the country since 1962.

The new Myanmar government faces high expectations. We know the multi-ethnic country of 60 million, with chronic problems of ethnic tensions, will not turn into a fully fledged democratic society overnight.

Museum expansion slammed

A pre-environmental impact assessment (EIA) inspection of a National Palace Museum expansion project yesterday met with protests from local residents, who said the project poses safety risks and could increase traffic congestion near their neighborhoods because of the flawed design of a parking lot dedicated to tour buses.

Revoke Article 44, say NGOs

A MASSIVE coalition of 60 civil society groups have urged the government to refrain from exercising special powers under Article 44 of the interim charter, which recently allowed major development projects to bypass proper Environme-ntal Impact Assessments (EIAs).

At yesterday's panel discussion on the issue, non-government organisations (NGOs) also warned that conflicts with affected communities could result in violence.

SRT proposes seven rail projects

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will propose seven dual-track railway routes to the cabinet for its approval this month.

SRT Governor Wutthichart Kalayanamitr yesterday said the seven double-track rail lines will be submitted to the Transport Ministry before being forwarded to the cabinet.

If the submissions are approved, bidding for the seven rail routes will be held.

The SRT planned to propose the seven railway projects after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha exercised Section 44 of the interim charter to fast-track them.