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29 November 2011 :: 10:11:00 am 60347

Drainage at flooded industrial estates progressing

BANGKOK, Nov 28 - Water drainage operations at Thailand's submerged major industrial estates have made significant progress, while some companies already began their clean-up work to get ready to resume production.
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Natthapol Nattasomboon, deputy permanent-secretary for industry, said the floodwater drainage of the Saharatnakorn Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya province will be completed sooner than expected.

The authorities earlier planned to start pumping water from the estate on Dec 15 and complete operations Dec 22, but the operation could begin sooner on Dec 3 and finish Dec 5 as the road cut in the southeastern part of the estate will also facilitate the release of some 170 million cubic metres of floodwater into the Pasak and Lop Buri rivers.

Mr Natthapol said the water level in the industrial estate is 86cm deep.

He said the Provincial Electricity Authority will also resume distribution of electric supply to all estate factories by the end of next month.

Saharatnakorn Industrial Estate houses 43 factories employing 16,000 workers. Ninety per cent of investors were Japanese with total investments worth some Bt40 billion.

In another flood-hit estate, Rojana Industrial Park, park advisor Kajornsak Mahakunwan said the estate will be entirely dry by Nov 30 after cooperation from many parties to pump out water with 200 pumps, including those from the Thai Ministry of Energy and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The land will return to dryness sooner than earlier targeted and some factories, such as Honda, earlier hardest-hit by floodwater, are now dry and already started their cleaning work.

Mr Kajornsak reaffirmed that no factories have informed the Rojana park that they will relocate their operations elsewhere, except for the South Korean firm Maxon Systems which earlier planned to move their plant to Cambodia due to rising wages in Thailand.

Rojana Industrial Park also planned to build 6.5-metre high and 6.7-kilometre long flood prevention dykes around the estate, with an investment cost of Bt1.7 billion as its long term plan.

However the industrial estate urged the government to grant it a 15-year soft loan for the purpose.

Report by : MCOT

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