August 01, 2014 00:00 By Watchara Pussayanawin
The Eastern Seaboard Development Programme committee yesterday approved eight measures to solve problems, such as pollution emissions by factories, in the Map Ta Phut industrial zone.
The meeting chaired by Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, deputy director of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in charge of economic affairs, also agreed on collaboration between the industrial zone and the local administration to set up pollution-control centres in the zone to monitor emergencies and environment quality, the recycling of waste and the expansion of hospital capacity to serve more patients.
The other measures are the improvement this year of Map Ta Phut’s master plan to accommodate future industrial expansion and the designing of green zones, solving traffic problems and improving the utility system. This involves the construction of a garbage-fired power plant, which is expected to take four years. PTT will join with the local administration to build the incinerator, which can generate 8 megawatts. It will be responsible for the Bt1.2-billion construction cost.
The last measure is the encouragement of local communities and educational institutions to participate with the factories in solving the problems.
The budget for implementing these eight measures is Bt677 million.
The Map Ta Phut zone houses five industrial estates, one deep-sea port and 151 major factories.
Verapong Chaiperm, governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, said the NCPO had approved the plan to expand the deep-sea port to cater to the increase in containers and the study to design Phase 3 of the port, which is expected to cost Bt10 billion.