PM Yingluck: Joint decision needed on Mae Wong dam


BANGKOK, Sept 24 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has stressed that public opinion is vital to the government’s decision on building the Mae Wong dam in Nakhon Sawan.

Referring to a protest against the dam, she said the government would be willing to listen to  people in the area and would gather their opinions for a collective decision.

She said a reservoir would benefit agriculture and prevent flooding, but construction would affect the environment.

The Irrigation Department has conducted an environmental impact assessment at a certain level but local residents want the assessment to cover wider areas, she said, adding that the government would listen to the people before a joint decision is made