Cabinet ministers sign off on Mabprachan expansion plan

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Cabinet ministers accepted a proposal to deepen Mabprachan Reservoir after inspecting the Pattaya-area lake to determine if expansion would help resolve water scarcity issues.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Ministry Chief Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Energy Minister Arak Chonlathanont, and Social Development and Human Stability Minister Santi Prompat joined Chonburi Deputy Gov. Phakhathorn Thienchai, utility company executives and wildlife groups for the June 18 tour.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Ministry Chief Kittiratt Na-Ranong and his entourage of top government officials arrive to inspect Mabprachan reservoir. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Ministry Chief Kittiratt Na-Ranong and his entourage of top government officials arrive to inspect Mabprachan reservoir.

Phakhornthorn discussed water supply problems and outlined the proposal to deepen the lake in order to hold more hard water. Mabprachan was built in 1980 and holds 16.6 million cu. meters of water and can supply 1.5 million cu. meters of water per hour.

Kittiratt said the proposal held enough merit for him to present to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for funding consideration when preparing next year’s budget.