Technology theme park planned
A "technology theme park" - touted as the first in Southeast Asia - is being planned by Science and Technology Minister Woravat Auapinyakul, who will ask the House for Bt44.162 billion for his ministry's 2014 fiscal year budget.
Under orders from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra to stimulate the industrial sector, Woravat says his ministry's budget has been tripled from the previous year.
Among several projects, the "technology theme park" would be built on 500 rai in Pathum Thani's Khlong Luang district, re-landscaping the Techno Thani complex around Rama IX reservoir.
With the Universal Studios theme park in mind, the fun-filled attraction would educate visitors about new technologies and boost Thailand's ability to compete with its Asean neighbours, Woravat said.
But since building something like a Universal theme park would be costly, the government would provide the basic infrastructure, such as roads, buildings and some technologies, and woo such companies as PTT, SCG, CP and Toyota to present technologies there, the minister said. Plans for the park are already being prepared and Woravat said it would be completed in two to three years.
Other "proactive" projects include an anti-ageing institute, a robotics institute and the Most Channel on PS TV channel 97 to promote science knowledge to the public, he said.