Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will lead his cabinet to visit Phitsanulok on Dec 25 before holding a mobile cabinet meeting in Sukhothai on Dec 26.

On its inspection trip to Phitsanulok, the cabinet will follow up the progress of work to solve problems over the management of water and agricultural produce.

In its meeting, the cabinet will look into the overall problems of the Northern region.

The Dec 26 cabinet meeting will be the fourth mobile cabinet meeting in five months and will be the last for this year.

Regarding former Sukhothai MP Somsak Thepsuthin's call for the government to go ahead with the Kaeng Sua Ten dam project, Gen Prayut said the issues of environment and forest land are still in dispute.

Agencies concerned still have to consider whether it is really necessary to have a large-scale reservoir in the area because the government has the responsibility to solve the problem over the flows of water from the North to the Central plains and water-draining channels, he added.

Mr Somsak's call for the government to go ahead with the Kaeng Sua Ten project in tambon Sa-iab of Phrae's Song district prompted opponents of the project to issue a statement. The statement branded Mr Somsak as an out-of-date politician and called for him not to come out to cause division in the country again.

The anti-Kaeng Sua Ten dam committee said it has proposed 14 ways for solving the water management problem in the Yom River basin and that its water management plan under the Sa-iab model has been accepted by all government agencies and has been partly carried out.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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