NCPO urged to scrap Bt350 billion water management projects


BANGKOK, June 11 — The Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) will repeat its call for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to scrap the Bt350 billion water management projects proposed by the Yingluck Shinawatra government. 

It criticized the scheme for being impossible in the engineering context.

EIT academics told a discussion with representatives of the private sector and civic groups that all water management modules planned under the multi-billion-baht scheme should be called off.

They cited the A5 Module of a floodway west of the Chao Phraya River was absolutely impossible regarding engineering principles.

They also urged disbandment of the Office of the National Water and Flood Management Policy, saying it centralized authority on water management and intervened in the work of relevant organizations without proper knowledge.

EIT academics recommended that Thailand carefully plan its water management.

They proposed a master plan for water management in the Chao Phraya River Basin be worked out soon, cultivation be properly scheduled to reduce drought, a shortcut of the Chao Phraya River be built from Bang Ban district to Bang Sai district in Ayutthaya province to increase its drainage capacity and that the NCPO quickly pass a water resources law.