2.5 billion budget set for Mae Kha Canal preservation

 | Tue 2 Jul 2019 10:39 ICT

CityNews – A five year plan has been made for the Mae Kha Canal preservation, with a 2.5 billion baht budget.

Mae Kha canal, once a lifeline for the people in Chiang Mai, is now a cesspool. The canal has drastically changed as new roads and houses have sprung up next to it.

The plan to preserve the canal can be traced back as early as 1954. Despite this, not that much work has been put into the project. The government has just recently announced a new long-term plan to tackle the issue, with a 2.5 billion budget. The plan involves 17 projects, which will take place from 2018 to 2019. These projects will impact 26 communities living along the canal, some of which have already been expropriated. The projects will include improvements of the waste water system and landscape, while also raising awareness about preserving the canal.