PM asserts government is speeding up water management plan

Sunday, 05 February 2012 By  MCOT

BANGKOK, Feb 4 - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday asserted that the government was speeding up its water resource management plan, as the master plan was already complete and plans for each province would commence later this month.

In her weekly TV programme, the "Yingluck Government Meets the People," Ms Yingluck said that the Strategic Committee on Water Resources Management has completed its master plan for water management and the plan for each province would start later this month in order to make the overall plan integrate with each segment.

The water management process has to take into consideration the volume of water in the dams, amount of rainfall and water levels in the field, she said, adding that the plan has to cover from water sources to the end of the stream.

As for Bangkok, tasks have been assigned between the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and armed forces to dredge canals and networking waterways between the canals.

They would cooperate to protect economic areas of the capital as well as industrial estates and parks, she said.

The works would be carried out in accordance with a sustainable water management plan, said the premier, adding that all tasks must be completed before the next of rainy season begins.

Ms Yingluck was scheduled to inspect the provinces along riverways--from the beginning, through the middle, to the end of rivers--during February 13-17 to follow up on repair work of dams and sluice gates that were damaged by the flood last year.

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