Mekong River survey begins despite opposition

PUBLISHED ON THU, APR 20, 2017 12:18 PM

Mekong River survey begins despite opposition
By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
NATTAWAT LAPING
THE NATION

 

bc947144c7f07f684c8f086b7f1a20a4.jpeg

File Photo: Mekong River File Photo: Mekong River

 

BANGKOK: -- SURVEY WORK on the Mekong River channel project officially started yesterday in Chiang Rai, and field survey by a Chinese company is expected to begin tomorrow amid strong opposition by environmentalists.

 

The Marine Department revealed yesterday that China’s CCCC Second Habor Consultant Co Ltd had informed the department that they would begin the survey on the Mekong River project yesterday and the work would conclude within two months.

 

Three Chinese survey vessels reportedly entered Thailand’s territory at the second Chiang Saen Port in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen District.

 

Liu Jian, the leader of the survey team, said they would conduct the survey at 15 locations along a 96-kilometre stretch of the Mekong River between Thailand and Laos, from the Golden Triangle to the Kaeng Pha Dai rapids. 

 

The work is expected to take 55 days. Yesterday, all 60 Chinese members of the team passed border inspection.

 

The acting director of Chiang Rai Provincial Marine Department Office, Suranart Sirichok, said the team would conduct the survey in three parts – an engineering survey, a hydraulic survey, and a geological survey.

 

Suranart stressed that this survey was only a part of the Mekong River development study and there was no plan to blast the rapids.

 

Jirasak Inthayot, coordinator of the local environmentalist group Rak Chiang Khong (Love Chiang Khong), said the group demanded that the survey be cancelled and said they would closely monitor activities.

 

“We were informed about the survey on Tuesday, but no more details about the survey were given to the local people,” Jirasak said.

 

“We still stand by our demand that the survey must stop and the company must [study] the impacts to the river ecosystem and people’s livelihood from the first phase of the project before considering the worthiness of this project. [They must] weigh the possible damage to the river and people’s livelihood.”

 

The Mekong River Navigation Improvement Project aims to make the Mekong River navigable for large cargo ships up to 500 tonnes gross from Yunnan province in China to Luang Prabang in Laos. The first phase of the project from China down to the Golden Triangle in Thailand has already been completed.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30312742

 
thenation_logo.jpg
-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-04-20
latest news from Thailand

Higher spending by people in Vegetarian Festival Oct 20-28  The vegetarian festival this year is expected to see more people observing the festival and higher spending than the previous year. According to a survey by the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Thai Vegetarian Festival which...

READ MORE...

Air passengers advised to leave early for Don Mueang airport  Air passengers who are scheduled to fly from Don Mueang airport on Saturday (Oct 14) have been advised to leave at least one and a half hours  for travelling as many spots of Bangkok have been flooded, said Don Mueang airport director...

READ MORE...

Junta rule and lack of adequate reform have hurt economy, say academicsBy WICHIT CHAITRONG THE SUNDAY NATION Mana Nimitmongkol ALTHOUGH the Thai economy has changed a lot since the era of the student-led uprising of October 14, 1973 some key things remain largely the same and have become a drag on...

READ MORE...

Royal ex-officer lauds spirit of 1973By The Sunday Nation File photo: Pol General Vasit Dejkunjorn Urges student to pay greater role of country's welfare AS A ROYAL Court Security police officer in touch with young and energetic students protesting against the military government of General Thanom...

READ MORE...
sponsors