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Chiang Mai Waterways to get Vamped
CityNews – After last year’s flood disaster, the government is working to restore and improve the waterways, streams and canals which run into the Ping River, by dredging them, to provide more volume for water.
Let’s hope no more floods
The project, commissioned by the Ministry of Transportation, is separated into two parts. The first part begins with the Mae Jaem River in Hod District, and the Mae Klang River in Chom Thong District, the budget for this project is 55 million baht and a total of 1.6 million cubic metres will be dug and cleared away. The second part will be along the Mae Klang canal in Chom Thong District and the Mae Khan Canal in Sanpathong District and will cost 56 million to also dredge 1.6 million cubic metres. The project, started on 23rd March 2012, is planned to be finished by 9th September 2012 as per the contract with the company.
Chamreun Yutithamsakul, an inspector from the Prime Minister’s Office said that after the flood disaster in 2011, the government is focusing a lot more attention on flood prevention issues. To prevent floods in Thailand’s central plains, a comprehensive plan must be made for waterways close to, or at the source of rivers. He also said that the project has to be transparent and accountable and asks for the participation of residents.
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