Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has given a nod to the water management plan proposed by the Strategic Committee for Water Resources Management (SCWRM) aimed at preventing recurrence of massive floods in the future.
The project requires a budget of THB350 billion. THB300 billion will be invested in the construction of flood ways, the water retention system locally known as Monkey’s Cheek, and reservoirs in the north and the upper central regions as well as Bangkok, which were hit by floods late last year. The rest will be spent on the management of 17 basins throughout the country.
When completed, the project could allow of a new combined area of more than two million rai for water retention.
SCWRM has also proposed that a dam or a large reservoir be built at Yom River Basin since its runoff has been predicted to flow onto the Chao Phraya River in a greater amount each year.
Apart from the flood prevention facilities, a budget of THB4 billion has been approved for the improvement of the country’s disaster forecast and warning systems, which will be jointly carried out by SCWRM and the Science and Technology Ministry.
In addition, a single command water management unit will be set up and could be promoted into a permanent agency. The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry has been assigned to map out the details of the scheme, which will be discussed in the next SCWRM meeting.