PM hears more development proposals at eastern seaboard meeting

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CHON BURI, 18 June 2012  – The establishment of a joint panel to oversee the security systems and operations of the Map Ta Phut industrial estate as well as other development projects in the eastern region have been proposed during today’s regional joint public-private sector meeting in Chon Buri province. 

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today chaired the 5th joint public and private sector meeting in a bid to seek solutions to lingering issues at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate and other economic and infrastructure problems in the eastern region.

Federation of Thai Industries Chairman Payungsak Chartsuthipol said that during today’s meeting, representatives from the private sector suggested that a permanent committee to help devise better quality control and safety measures at Map Ta Phut be set up. The committee’s role will correspond to Section 67 Paragraph 2 of the Constitution, regarding safety standards, environmental concerns and public health.

Additionally, the meeting discussed re-organizing city areas in Rayong province and its neighboring provinces as well as implementing zoning regulations. Different areas are to be divided into industrial, residential, disaster-prone and green zones.

Proposals to build a high-speed rail from Bangkok to Rayong and Trat, to use U-Tapao Airport as a back-up airport and to open a border checkpoint in Trat to facilitate trade with Cambodia were also tabled at the meeting.