B4bn wa­ter short­age plan in pipe­line


NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The Re­gional Ir­ri­ga­tion Of­fice 8 yes­ter­day un­veiled a four­bil­lion-baht project to chan­nel wa­ter from the Pasak Jo­lasid dam in Lop Buri to Lam Takong reser­voir in Nakhon Ratchasima, to ad­dress a wa­ter short­age in the prov­ince.

Su­nai Klum­mon, chief en­gi­neer over­see­ing Nakhon Ratchasima, said the agency had com­pleted the de­sign work for the project, in­tended to en­sure an ad­e­quate sup­ply of tap wa­ter in five dis­tricts of the prov­ince — Muang, Sikhiu, Sung Noen, Kham Thale So and Chalerm Phrakiat.

He said the project would be di­vided into three parts: a wa­ter pump­ing sta­tion at the Pasak Jo­lasid dam; an­other at Muak Lek reser­voir in Saraburi; and a tun­nel through Nong Yang Sua Moun­tain in Saraburi.

The first wa­ter pump­ing sta­tion would be on the down­stream side of the Pasak Jo­lasid dam, push­ing wa­ter from the dam along a 9.9-km pipe­line through tam­bon Nong Bua in Phatthana Nikhom district, Lop Buri, to the Muak Lek reser­voir, which could hold around 60 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres.

The sec­ond sta­tion would be im­me­di­ately down­stream of Muak Lek reser­voir, draw­ing wa­ter from the catch­ment to Nong Yang Sua Moun­tain through a 4.8-km pipe­line.

Lastly, a tun­nel three me­tres in di­am­e­ter will be cut through the moun­tain. It will be 24.8km long, from the moun­tain to Pak Chong district in Nakhon Ratchasima. Wa­ter flow­ing into canals will be di­verted to the Laem Takong reser­voir.

Mr Su­nai said the of­fice was now ready for the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment (EIA) to be­gin. A three-mil­lion-baht bud­get for the study had al­ready been ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment. The project’s de­sign will be pro­posed to a pro­vin­cial su­per­vi­sory com­mit­tee for con­sid­er­a­tion, so the EIA can start soon, he said.

Mean­while, com­mu­nity suc­cess in com­plet­ing its own kaem ling projects with­out re­ly­ing on state fund­ing will be dis­played for Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-o-cha dur­ing his visit to Sena district this month.

Pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor Su­jin Chaichum­sak said yes­ter­day both pi­lot projects were based on the wa­ter re­ten­tion zone con­cept, called kaem ling or mon­key cheeks, ini­ti­ated by the late King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej.

The premier will be briefed when the cabi­net gath­ers at Phranakhon Si Ayut­thaya Ra­jab­hat Univer­sity int am­bon Phra Nakhon Si for a meet­ing on Sept 19.

The prov­ince has al­ready com­pleted 16 pi­lot projects in its 16 dis­tricts since April. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties called for bids from com­pa­nies to ex­ca­vate the soil from some ar­eas, mostly dried wa­ter­ways or ponds.

Mr Su­jin said the two Sena projects in­volved ex­ca­va­tion of land and the tem­po­rary con­ver­sion of rice fields to store wa­ter and pre­vent flood­ing dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

An em­bank­ment of sand­bags is built out­side a shop­house to keep out wa­ter from the Chao Phraya River dur­ing high tide in Tha Tien area of Bangkok. The surge will be com­pounded by wa­ter flow from up­stream prov­inces ex­pected from Sept 19-20.

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