Governor proposes Lat Krabang ‘floodway’

Governor proposes Lat Krabang 'floodway'

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt says he will propose house of a new “flood highway” at all of us meeting of the Nationwide Water Resource Panel.

The particular project would allow run-off from eastern areas upstream of Bangkok to drain faster by channelling the water directly into the sea.

Speaking after Monday’s meeting of the Tha Chin River Basin Committee, Mr Chadchart said that this individual wanted to improve the serious flood situation within Lat Krabang area in eastern Bangkok.

At first, the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) had planned to widen Khlong Lam Pla Thiew, but the construction would have required land expropriation and an environmental impact assessment, each of which take time, Mister Chadchart said.

As for Town Hall’s plan, the particular flood highway will be built as a tube from Khlong Lam Pla Thiew that will intersects with Khlong Prawet Burirom in Lat Krabang region allowing the run-off to drain directly into Khlong Roi Kew where the RID is in charge of handling water administration.

“The project may price in the region of 10 billion baht, but it would ease the intensity of flooding and help boost economic expansion in eastern Bangkok, ” Mister Chadchart said.

He stated the original idea to construct a floodway might not be workable as the panorama of the area is promoting considerably in recent times, with Bang Na-Trat Road and many buildings plus houses making it difficult to construct an effective floodway.

Regarding the Meteorological Department’s prediction of heavy rain fall this week, Mr Chadchart said City Hall is stepping up initiatives to dredge canals and remove the hyacinth that is blocking a lot of waterways to prepare pertaining to expected flooding in the coming days.

Director-general of the RID Prapis Chanma said two more hydroflow pumps have been installed at the Nang Hong water pumping station in tambon Khlong Dan associated with Bang Bo area in Samut Prakan province, in addition to the 6 pumps sent presently there last week.

Mr Prapis stated that the Irrigation Division would continue supplying assistance to areas impacted by flooding until the scenario returns to normal.