Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra traveled to the Navanakorn Industrial Promotion Zone on Friday to witness the system test of the 20.6-kilometer dyke, which cost 1.2 billion baht to build.
Parts of the 5.5 meter-tall dike have been operational since early this month while the entire project is scheduled to complete by the end of September.
Friday’s test, which involved 2 boats to create the maximum force of 37 pounds per square inch from water mass towards the dyke, proved that the new structure could work efficiently.
After the test, the PM thanked Navanakorn’s executives, locals and all agencies involved in the construction.
PM Yingluck also assured that the government has planned a series of flood prevention measures to avoid the repeat of last year’s crisis, from upstream to downstream areas.
She stated that permanent and semi-permanent check dams have been constructed in the upstream, while there has been satisfactory progress in the dredging of canals and the preparation of the water retention area in the midstream.
For the downstream area, the government has elevated all related roads and set up a communication and warning networks for all industrial estates.
Nevertheless, the Premier is confident that the new dyke is a good start to boost confidence among local and foreign investors, while confirming that the government will collaborate with all sides to protect key economic and industrial zones.