Activists take water project to NACC
- Published: 28/06/2013 at 04:28 PM
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The Stop Global Warming movement on Friday asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to take action against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and two other officials responsible for the water management and flood prevention megaproject project.
Sisuwan Janya, the chairman, alleged abuse of authority by the prime minister, Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi and PM's Office permanent secretary Tongthong Chandransu in giving the project the go-ahead as reasons to remove them from office.
His move came one day after the Central Administrative Court ordered a hold on the 350-billion-baht water megaproject, ruling there must be thorough public hearings before the work begins.
The court was ruling on a petition lodged by Stop Global Warming and other plaintiffs.
The government on Friday was undecided about appealing the case to the Supreme Administrative Court.
The prime minister appointed an eight member panel led by Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana to decide.
The appointment was suggested by the Water and Flood Management Committee (WFMC) and the selection committee, which held talks to discuss the ruling.
Despite no decision on the appeal, Mr Plodprasop, who chaired the WFMC, said public hearings will be held in all provinces to be affected by the project. They will be a forum for input from local people, for exhibitions, and for debates, he said.
The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning will be tasked to assess the environmental and health impacts on the project, he added.
Pongpanu Svetarundra, deputy permanent secretary for finance, said the delay of the project will impact confidence in the country, already shaken by the great flood in 2011.
Hoever, the court's order had no effect on the financial planning for the project.
The Public Debt Management Office has signed an agreement in the form of bank loans with financial institutions to borrow the money for six years starting this year.
Mr Pongpanu said interest rates will not be charged until the money is withdrawn by the Finance Ministry.
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