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Phu Kradueng Electric Cable Car: Build or not build?

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Cable car up Phu Kradueng would ruin incomes of local people & lead to more building in national parks. 

View from Lom Sak Cliff on Phu Kradueng Mountain (Source: Wikipedia)

[Read about problems in other national parks here]


Phu Kradueng Cable Car: To build or not to build? 


Anchalee Kongrut

Tat Hong Waterfall in Phu Kradueng National Park (Source: Wikipedia)

No environmental news can stir public reaction and debate quite like the plan to build an electric cable car for Phu Kradueng National Park in Loei province. The plan was hatched 30 years ago and has been opposed, shelved and revived time and again.

Climbing Phu Kradueng has been popular among Thai teenagers as a rite of passage for university students. The trend became part of travel culture among Thais.

The electric cable car project was created for two reasons: for disposing garbage and for transporting tourists who wish to visit the summit without having to climb the mountain for six hours.

Conservationists, locals and even travellers who dismissed the project say that the scheme will wipe out local business such as food shops along the hiking route, as well as look harb - Sherpa-like local villagers who help carry bags for hikers at a cost of around 30 baht per kilogramme.

A small patch of forest will be cleared and that means the provision in the 1961 National Park Act imposing a ban on land change and construction in national parks will be violated.

Phu Kradueng will then be accessible to everyone, not only those who are only physically abled. Broadly speaking, the choice between a manual ascent or riding a cable car is a matter of taste, yet the outcome of the project will set the standard for more development in national parks, including an electric cable car for Doi Chiang Dao in Pha Daeng National Park in Chiang Mai province.

As of now, the plan has gone quiet, though who knows when politicians will beat pots and pans and try to revive the plan again?

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accessible: that can be reached, entered, used, seen, etc - ที่สามารถเข้าได้

Act: a law passed by a country’s government - กฎหมาย

ban: an official statement ordering people not to do, sell or use something - การห้าม

beat pots and pans: make a lot of noise about something -

cable car: a vehicle that hangs from and is pulled by a moving cable and that carries passengers up and down a mountain - รถที่เคลื่อนที่โดยสายเคเบิ้ลที่อยู่ด้านบน

clear: to move things away from a place or area - ทำให้ว่าง๒, ลบล้าง

cliff: a steep side of an area of high land - หน้าผา

climb mountain: to go up a mountain - ไต่เขา

conservationist: a person who takes an active part in the protection of the environment - นักอนุรักษ์ธรรมชาติ

construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง

development: the process of using an area of land, especially to make a profit by building on it, etc - การพัฒนา

dismiss: to refuse to accept that something might be true or important - ไม่สนใจ,แย้งกลับ

dispose: to throw away or get rid of - ทิ้ง

environmental: related to the natural world including plants and animals, land, water, air, especially as it is affected by human activities - สิ่งแวดล้อม

garbage: waste food, paper, etc. that you throw away - ขยะ

hatch: to plan something new - คิดวางแผน (อย่างลับๆ)

hiking: going for a long walk in the countryside - เดินป่า

impose: to introduce something and force people to accept it - กำหนด,บังคับใช้

locals: people who live in a particular place - ชาวบ้าน

national park: a park run by the government of a country - สวนสาธารณะแห่งชาติ, อุทยานแห่งชาติ

oppose: to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy - คัดค้าน

outcome: a result - ผล

patch: a small area which is different in some way from the area that surrounds it - ที่ดิน

physically abled: physically fit; people in good health who can do physical-demanding things like walk long distances -

politician: a person whose job is concerned with politics, especially as an elected member of parliament, etc. - นักการเมือง

popular: a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

project: a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something - โครงการ

provision: a part of an agreement or law that deals with a particular problem - มาตรา, บทบัญญัติ,

public outcry: a strong expression of anger and disapproval about something, made by a group of people or by the public - การคัดค้านอย่างรุนแรงจากผู้คน

revive: to come or bring something back to existence or use - ฟื้นฟู, ทำให้เกิดขึ้นอีก

revive: to come or bring something back to life, health, existence, or use - ทำให้ฟื้นชีพ

rite of passage: a ceremony or ritual in some cultures that marks a big change in a person's life such as becoming an adult or becoming a man -

route: the roads used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง

scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ

shelve: to decide not to use something such as a plan or suggestion now, although you may use it later - เลื่อนไปก่อน

standards: a level of quality that is normal or acceptable for a particular person or in a particular situation - มาตรฐาน, บรรทัดฐาน

stir: to say or do things that cause trouble between people - ปลุกเร้า

summit: the highest point of a mountain - ยอดสุดของภูเขา

time and again: many times -

transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง

trend: a gradual change or development that produces a particular result   - ทิศทาง แนวโน้ม

university: a school where students study for BA, MA, MS and PhD degrees and where research is done - มหาวิทยาลัย

violate: to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด

waterfall: water falling down from a high place - น้ำตก

wipe out: to get rid of or kill off something completely - กำจัดให้หมดไป

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