The Cabinet, during its meeting on 15 December 2020, acknowledged the report on the results of consultations concerning the issue of the Chana industrial project in Chana district, Songkhla province.
The report, submitted by Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon, contains guidance for tackling the issue proposed by the Chana Rak Thin Group, which called for the immediate scrapping of the project. The Group raised concerns over the possible environmental impact of this project.
The Government plans to develop Chana district as a model city under the project “Triangle of Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability.” In this plan, Chana district would be developed into an advanced industrial city for the future.
Apart from calling on the Government to stop the project, the Chana Rak Thin Group also urged the Government to thoroughly conduct a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) to create a quality set of knowledge for future decision-making on any development projects in various areas in the South.
In this regard, the Group proposed that a working group be formed, comprising the appropriate number of members of the people’s sector and academics to be proposed by the people’s sector. The working group will set a framework for the joint study of SEA.
On 14 December 2020, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Captain Thammanat Prompao led a team to hold consultations on the issue with the Chana Rak Thin Group.
The Cabinet assigned the “Committee to Tackle the Problems of the People’s Movement for a Just Society,” chaired by Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon, to discuss the issue with relevant agencies and urgently come up with a solution, to be submitted to the Cabinet for consideration.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department