Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department (RID) announced
(23-Mar-07) it will dredge 17 canals to increase the efficiency of drainage
systems around Suvarnabhumi Airport, announcing its confidence that the airport
will not be affected by floods this year.
Chairing a meeting on the drainage system around Suvarnabhumi Airport, Royal Irrigation Department director-general Samart Chokkanapitak said the meeting resulted from the Prime Minister’s assignment. A budget of USD2.4 million will be used to improve the drainage system around the airport and the Armed Forces Development Command will provide support personnel and equipment to carry out the dredging of the canals. The project is not entirely ready as the target of being able to pump out water at the rate of 100 cubic metres per second is not possible this year. The overall project will be completed in 2008, but for the present, about 20-30 cubic metres of water can be expelled from the system.
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