Meanwhile, the Campaign for Popular Democracy (CPD) yesterday called on the Yingluck Shinawatra government to consider public input before it proceeds with the Kaeng Sua Ten Dam construction project in Phrae.
The CPD’s move follows attempts to revive the dam project to solve droughts and flooding in the Yom River basin.
The Yom River basin which flows through the provinces of Phrae, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Nakhon Sawan is prone to severe droughts and flooding.
The CPD said the community must be heard and taken seriously because the project will have adverse effects.
Section 67 of the charter also requires the government to hold public hearings on, and conduct environmental and health impact assessments for, any project deemed harmful to peoples’ health or livelihood, the CPD said.