BANGKOK, 2 October 2013 – The Cabinet on Tuesday approved, in principle, the establishment of a water ministry.
At Tuesday's Cabinet meeting, endorsement was given to the draft bill for the establishment of the ministry of water, with the aim of fostering systematic management of the country's water resources. The flood and water management committee, chaired by deputy prime minister Plodpradop Surasawadi, has been assigned to handle the legalities associated with the creation of the new ministry.
Mr. Plodprasop said after the Cabinet meeting that officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and several other agencies will be invited to discuss the setting up of the new ministry, after contract signing for the 350 billion baht water management infrastructure with private companies is completed.
Mr. Plodprasop also noted that the new ministry is needed to foster efficient management of long-term flood-prevention.