Northern Thai provinces fighting against smog from Myanmar

BANGKOK, 16 March 2016 (NNT) – The northern provinces have imposed measures to prevent and control forest fires due to wildfire smoke from the neighboring country.

The Department of Pollution Control on Tuesday announced that the amount of particulate matter was last measured at 115 micrograms/cubic meter in Mueang district. In Mae Sai district on the Thai-Myanmar borders, the level of particulate matter was 152 micrograms/cubic meter which was higher than safe levels, said the department.

Local resistance fails to halt Myeik coal-fired power plant

Beside Lut Lut village – 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) from Myeik – Than Phyo Thu Mining Company and Myeik Public Corporation plan to build and operate the plant to distribute electricity around the area.

U Myo Win Than, director of Than Phyo Thu Mining, said the company will spend K48 billion on the project, after signing with the Ministry of Electric Power in 2012 to build the power plant on 160 acres of land.

Grand Unity returns to condos

Grand Unity Development Co, a condominium subsidiary of SET-listed Univentures Plc (UV) owned by liquor tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, is set to resume new condo launches with three projects worth a combined 4.2 billion baht.

After launching just one project last year on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in the Ratchayothin area in April, Grand Unity has stayed on the sidelines as it waits for environmental impact assessment approval for its new project, said president Worawat Srisa-an.

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.

Ex environment minister and colleagues ask for a retrial of the Klong Dan case

The Central Administrative Court was on Tuesday asked for a retrial of the Klong Dan case in which the Pollution Control Department was ordered by the Supreme Administrative Court to pay the NVPSKG consortium about 10 billion baht for the corruption-plagued project.
The petition was submitted by former natural resources and environment minister Praphat Panyachartrak, Mr Apichai Chavacharoenpant, former director-general of Pollution Control Department and five former officials responsible for the contract between the department and the consortium.