31 Jul '11, 9pm

Pheu Thai's reclamation plans 'could hit environment badly': The project would require billions of cubic metres

BANGKOK - A proposal by the Pheu Thai Party to reclaim 300 sq km of land in the Gulf of Thailand could have a severe environmental impact and fail to protect Bangkok from flooding, an environmental academic warned on Thursday. The project would require billions of cubic metres of sand, which would destroy marine biological resources that provide food for local people, Mr Seri Supparathit, a director of Sirindhorn International Environmental Park's Energy for Environment Centre, told The Nation newspaper. The Pheu Thai Party, which won the majority in Parliament in this month's elections, announced the policy during the campaign period. It said it would reclaim land for three provinces - Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram and Samut Sakhon - to protect Bangkok from severe flooding caused by rising sea levels. The land would also be sold to foreigners who want to build homes. But ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110730-0000053/Pheu-T...

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