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.

Haze forces 64,000 into hospitals in the North

Dr Suraphan Sangsawang, acting director of the Regional Health Promotion Centre 10 Chiang Mai, said reports from 90 hospitals in the area showed that the number of patients with coronary artery and respiratory diseases had increased dramatically as the region's haze worsened last week.

Suraphan said Chiang Mai had the highest number of patients at 17,359, followed by Chiang Rai at 11,779 and Lampang at 10,228.

Air Force, officials tackle smog

‘Water flights’ planned to counter pollution in Chiang Rai as residents risk health problems; agricultural fires blamed

SEVEN provinces in the North are now suffering bad air pollution, with Chiang Rai the hardest-hit and residents at risk of developing health problems. As of yesterday, the amount of small dust particles (PM10) in Chiang Rai jumped to 304 micrograms per cubic metre of air - far over the safe level of 120 micrograms.

In a bid to help ease the air-quality problem, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will dispatch planes to spray water to mitigate the problem.

Polluted village demands compensation from factories

TRANG -- Residents of a village polluted by two factories producing raw rubber sheets say they have been offered too little compensation for the daily health hazards they face.

The people of Moo 1 village in tambon Na Muang Phet, Sikao district, complain the two nearby factories have discharged polluted water and emitted foul smells, causing hundreds of adults and children to suffer from chronic coughing, lung ailments and asthma for more than two years.

Alarm over Rayong fish deaths

RAYONG — Fishermen and activists in this eastern province want an investigation into the exact cause of mass fish deaths, which authorities insist are part of a natural phenomenon that occurs every year.

However, some local people suspect waste discharged from factories at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate could be linked to the thousands of dead fish that have washed up on Ta Kuan beach.

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.

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.

Settle Klong Dan case

The corruption-plagued Klong Dan waste water treatment project made news headlines this week. Seven officials, including former natural resources and environment minister Prapat Panyachatraksa, petitioned the Central Administrative Court asking for a review of the high-profile graft case.

Villagers cry 'foul' over garbage recycling plant

RATCHABURI -- Residents of village 1 in tambon Nam Phu of Muang district have put up cloth banners in front of their houses along the Nam Phu-Nong Nok Karian road protesting against a smelly garbage recycling plant near their community.

They complain the plant has emitted foul chemical smells for about 15 years. Some of them had put "For sale" signs outside their homes because they could no longer tolerate the bad smell.