Activists step up dam study pressure
- Published: 23/07/2013 at 09:47 AM
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Opponents have stepped up pressure on Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi to order an environmental impact assessment (EIA) on two large dam projects planned in the North.
The call came after the minister vowed on Sunday to go ahead with the construction of two large dams on the Yom River.
Network of Northern River Basins coordinator Somkiat Khuenchiangsa said activists and residents of tambon Sa-iab in Song district of Phrae wanted Mr Plodprasop to halt his plan to build the Upper and Lower Mae Yom dams until an EIA study is carried out.
He lashed out at the minister for defying a court order that an EIA study be done on the dam projects. Mr Plodprasop wanted to hold public hearings instead.
Residents who would be affected by the construction of the two dams had no trust at all that the planned public hearings would address their concerns, Mr Somkiat said.
Mr Plodprasop should listen to the needs of people affected by the dam projects and respect their views, said the activist.
The dams would harm the livelihoods of local residents and wipe out vast forest areas, he said.
During his visit to Phrae on Sunday, Mr Plodprasop said the government has decided to build two dams along the Yom River, instead of reviving the Kaeng Sua Ten dam.
Without the dams, water problems in Phrae would remain unresolved, he said.
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