Songkhram River Diversion Project Divides Public Opinion

12 Sep 2020 by Local Press Report

The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) is going to submit the environmental impact assessment (EIA) on two controversial barrages to be built on the Songkhram River, known as one of few pristine rivers in the country, and home to wetland recently registered by Unesco. Somkiat Prajamwong, secretary-general of the ONWR, is intent on speeding up the project and the study. "The project is very important in order to keep as much water as possible in Thai territory for use in the dry season. We don't want to let it flow into the Mekong River without obtaining any benefits as water [shortages] will be an even bigger issue in the future," said Mr Somkiat, adding that the whole system can feed 408 million cubic metres of water annually to 690,595 rai of farmland.