Megaprojects 'will go ahead'

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has assured investors the ministry's 20 infrastructure projects will go ahead as planned following the military regime's latest order to allow state authorities to "fast-track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for state projects.

Mr Arkhom said he has reassured the participating investors that all 20 megaprojects worth 1.796 trillion baht will be implemented by the government.

Activists slam 'fast-track' order

A grassroots network has lashed out at the use of special powers to "fast track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIA) for megaprojects.

A network of 46 civic groups, including Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation (SNF) and the Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA), issued a statement Wednesday, calling on the government to scrap an order issued on Monday by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief.

Use S44 'wisely on megaprojects'

Anti-corruption advocates and academics have called on the government to be cautious in using sweeping powers under Section 44 of the interim constitution to fast-track megaprojects.

They have urged the government to ensure the projects being pushed under the powers are free from corruption.

Pramon Sutivong, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand, yesterday told the Bangkok Post he does not yet know the details of which projects will be subject to the special law.