Megaprojects 'will go ahead'

Date of Release: 
Mar 14 2016

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has assured investors the ministry's 20 infrastructure projects will go ahead as planned following the military regime's latest order to allow state authorities to "fast-track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for state projects.

Mr Arkhom said he has reassured the participating investors that all 20 megaprojects worth 1.796 trillion baht will be implemented by the government.


Activists slam 'fast-track' order

Date of Release: 
Mar 10 2016

A grassroots network has lashed out at the use of special powers to "fast track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIA) for megaprojects.

A network of 46 civic groups, including Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation (SNF) and the Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA), issued a statement Wednesday, calling on the government to scrap an order issued on Monday by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief.


Court revokes order setting up Rayong industrial estate

Date of Release: 
Mar 9 2016

RAYONG – Villagers in Muang district have won a long-running case in the Administrative Court, which on Wednesday revoked the order establishing the Lakchai Muang Yang industrial estate in their area.

The LK-Rubber Industrial City Hub was being developed by Bangkok-based Tribeca Enterprise Co Ltd, a subsidiary of rubber firm Thai Hua group.


Use S44 'wisely on megaprojects'

Date of Release: 
Oct 31 2015

Anti-corruption advocates and academics have called on the government to be cautious in using sweeping powers under Section 44 of the interim constitution to fast-track megaprojects.

They have urged the government to ensure the projects being pushed under the powers are free from corruption.

Pramon Sutivong, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand, yesterday told the Bangkok Post he does not yet know the details of which projects will be subject to the special law.

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