Components of Bangkok stay liable to catastrophic floods, as occurred in 2011, when 1000’s of individuals had been displaced and houses partially or completely destroyed. Now, 9 years later, a report within the Bangkok Publish says metropolis officers have made little progress in shoring up the capital’s flood defences, and the upper-eastern space stays as uncovered as ever.
Again within the day, these areas would have been coated in rice paddies, that means flood water may very well be retained. In current many years nonetheless, the promoting off of big swathes of land for the event of residential and industrial tasks, has made the area rather more weak.
Whereas the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has had some grand plans for numerous flood catchment tasks, progress has both slowed or, in some instances, come to a grinding halt. In 2012, officers started planning tunnels and underground reservoirs to hold extra water to pure reservoirs or ponds.
It was hoped 6 flood catchment tasks, encompassing round 1,000 rai, may maintain as much as 5 million cubic metres of water. Since then, little progress has been made, with four out of the 6 failing to take form on account of the land in query being – you guessed it – offered off for the event of but extra residential and industrial property.
There are presently 2 flood catchment tasks within the pipeline, based on Somsak Meeudomsak from the BMA. The primary, within the district of Kanna Yao, is predicted to carry round 728,000 cubic metres of water, and the second, within the district of Min Buri, will maintain 218,400 cubic metres. Somsak is hopeful each tasks will go forward as they’ve the assist of residents.
Nevertheless, whereas the BMA has beforehand stated the Kanna Yao challenge would see 130 rai of land getting used for flood defences, it’s understood 30 rai of adjoining land is presently being developed for industrial functions. Locals within the space are anxious to see the flood catchment challenge go forward, with one nameless resident saying the persons are urging officers to maneuver shortly earlier than they lose out to builders.
“The BMA says it has simply began the land expropriation. However builders are fast in shopping for land and growing tasks. If the BMA strikes too late, this flood catchment challenge is perhaps grounded just like the earlier four.”
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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