Thailand to restart delayed dam project (2)

13:25, June 17, 2010      

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The dam, on its completion, would benefit 44 districts in 12 northern and central provinces and provide water for farmland and households, he said.

The Kaeng Sua Ten dam was one of five dams put on hold in 1997 by the Chuan Leekpai-led government following protests by the Assembly of the Poor and after opposition from conservationists.

Opponents say the dam would flood about 20,000 rais (about 7907. 4 acres) of the country's most pristine teak forest in Phrae's Mae Yom National Park.

The Yom is the only one of the four rivers flowing into the Chao Phraya without a dam and a large reservoir. The others are the Ping, Wang and Nan rivers.

Theera said the project would be tabled for the cabinet's consideration.

Source: Xinhua
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