Water hearings illegal, court told
- Published: 11 Oct 2013 at 11.17
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Public hearings on the flood and water management scheme should be suspended as they run contrary to a court order, according to the Stop Global Warming Association.
The lobby group took its request yesterday to the Supreme Administrative Court, which will rule on the matter next week.
The association's chairman Srisuwan Janya said the Water and Flood Management Commission, which is overseeing the scheme, has defied the Administrative Court in calling public hearings on the scheme before the impacts of various flood projects have been assessed.
Mr Srisuwan said the commission had ignored the court's June 27 order to produce a water management plan and conduct environment and health impact assessments before carrying out the hearings.
Instead, the commission had called the hearings before the studies had been done. It plans to hold hearings in 36 provinces, with the first one to be held in Lamphun province on Tuesday.
About 40,000 people are expected to attend the hearings, not including the residents likely to be affected by the water management projects.