Ayut­thaya call for flood aid

Bangkok Post - - BUSINESS - CHATRUDEE THEPARAT

The gov­ern­ment is be­ing urged to im­prove wa­ter man­age­ment in 16 prov­inces in the Cen­tral Plains to avoid mas­sive flood­ing and dam­age to in­dus­trial in­fra­struc­ture and agri­cul­tural ar­eas.

Kri­angkrai Dan­chaivi­chit, chair­man of the Ayut­thaya’s Cham­ber of Com­merce, said the lo­cal pri­vate sec­tor wants the gov­ern­ment to ex­pand flood mit­i­ga­tion projects in the re­gion and de­velop a data­base for wa­ter us­age by the in­dus­trial sec­tor.

The prov­ince is sched­uled to host a mo­bile cab­i­net meet­ing to­mor­row.

He said Ayut­thaya and Pathum Thani have many fac­to­ries, with the for­mer alone hous­ing 2,400 Ja­panese fac­to­ries that em­ploy about 350,000 peo­ple.

Mr Kri­angkrai said the lo­cal busi­nesses sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s plan to build an elec­tric rail sys­tem link­ing Tham­masat Univer­sity’s Rangsit Cam­pus sta­tion on Bangkok’s Red Line via the Nava Nakorn In­dus­trial Es­tate in Pathum Thani to Ban Phachi Junc­tion in Ayut­thaya.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Somkid Ja­tus­rip­i­tak said ear­lier the Bangkok-Ayut­thaya route should be a part of the planned BangkokChi­ang Mai high-speed rail project, which the gov­ern­ment aims to im­ple­ment by this year.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Kri­angkrai, the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing Ayut­thaya as one of the world’s top 10 tourist des­ti­na­tions, in­vest­ing an es­ti­mated 8-10 bil­lion baht.

The prov­ince re­ceived 700 mil­lion baht in 2017 fis­cal bud­get to im­prove its land­scape.

The num­ber of tourists to Ayut­thaya is ex­pected to reach 18 mil­lion by 2025, com­pared with 6.7 mil­lion vis­i­tors now, in­creas­ing the per capita in­come in the prov­ince three times to 450,000 baht.

Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice Min­is­ter Su­vit Maesincee said the pri­vate sec­tor has also urged the gov­ern­ment at the weekly cab­i­net meet­ing to speed up de­vel­op­ment of spe­cial eco­nomic zone in Kan­chanaburi, vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and a clear plan to up­grade skilled labour­ers to cope with Thai­land 4.0 ini­tia­tive.

He added that the cab­i­net meet­ing will also dis­cuss in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment in the cen­tral re­gion.

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