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Suvarnabhumi villagers still chasing compensation from government after 13 years

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Villagers living next to Suvarnabhumi Airport have filed a complaint about the noise from the planes.

The villagers say they have been suffering from the airport noise for years since the construction of Suvarnabhumi (it opened in September 2006). Leader of the Dinui Yiddee Muslim Community, Saenee Kamsawat, says they are in the process of filing an official letter of complaint to the Ministry of Transport to find an emergency solution for the villagers.

At least 200 homes have still not received compensation as published and promised by a cabinet resolution for Airports of Thailand Public to compensate the villagers back in 2006.

The villagers live right by Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan Province. 30 village representatives came to the Ministry of Transport with a letter to Saksiam Chitchob the Minister of Transport.

The villagers also want the Ministry to send representatives into the area so that they can understand how bad the issue is. Their homes are located only 3 kilometres away from Thailand’s largest and busiest Airport. The locals say they’ve been struggling with the noise pollution for years without any care from the Ministry.

`Other related issues in their complaints, apart from the extremely loud noise, is broken TVs, trees not growing properly, and the fish remain small.

“We give the Ministry of Transportation 1 week to send representatives into the area so that they realize how much the villagers are suffering without the compensation money. There are currently about 200 households that have not received their promised compensation, an average of 400,000 per household or about 80 million baht all together. We hope that the Ministry can speed up Airports of Thailand to pay the villagers.”

“We ask for mercy from the Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and leaders. We have homes around Suvarnabhumi Airport and are extremely bothered. We have sent a letter with a list of names that are suffering. We thank you so much Mister Prime Minister.”

`“We wish to file a letter to the Ministry of Transport on the suffering, Suvarnabhumi Airport.”

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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    Phil Jones

    October 17, 2019 at 10:59 am

    The airport either shouldn’t have been built so close to existing residential areas or a night time curfew should be implemented like in Zurich, Frankfurt, London Heathrow,Sydney, Adelaide and the Gold Coast. I wouldn’t be holding my breath though because the Thai government’s obsession with tourism is what has allowed this to happen.

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Bangkok and Nonthaburi to get 2 extra holidays during ASEAN summit

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November 4 and 5 have been approved as official holidays for Bangkok and Nonthaburi as a result of the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits being held at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok.

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul confirmed yesterday that the measure was being taken in an effort to alleviate traffic problems in both areas during the summit, adding that other state enterprises and the Bank of Thailand could implement the holidays for their subsidiaries at their own discretion and on a case-by-case basis.

“Government agencies in Bangkok and Nonthaburi will stop working on these dates. Meanwhile, state enterprises and the Bank of Thailand will consider announcing November 4 and 5 as holidays for their subsidiaries on case-by-case basis.”

“However, government agencies which have a necessity to provide urgent or previously scheduled services to their clients that cannot be postponed may stay open on November 4 and 5, depending on the decision by the heads of these departments.”

Some other public or regional holidays coming up…

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Colourful European ecstasy tablets targeting Thai youth

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The Narcotics Control Board are warning about cartoon-character labelled ecstasy pills that are being smuggled from Europe and heading for Thailand and a growing market of younger users. Some of the colourful pills had been cast as characters from Minions movies and The Simpsons.

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board deputy secretary-general Niyom Termsrisook told reporters about the ecstasy pills following the arrest of a woman in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, last week. The woman was arrested with about 28,000 cartoon-character ecstasy pills on October 8. Niyom said they had been tracked back to a European supplier.

“The pills were produced in France and the Netherlands. Drug dealers have also been expanding their markets to south east Asia. The drugs are smuggled through airports in Cambodia and Vietnam.”

“The pills are stored in Cambodia before being smuggled through natural border passages to Thailand.

Niyom alleged the smugglers were victims of human traffickers hired by African traffickers.

He said that local sellers of the ecstasy pills are targeting young pub goers as the drugs have a sex-stimulant property.

A source at the ONCB said a quantity of cartoon-character ecstasy pills was earlier seized at Suvarnabhumi airport in the capital. The pills were smuggled from the Netherlands where they were priced at 60 baht per pill.

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Thai High Speed Railway linking airports now to be signed off on October 25

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The State Railway of Thailand and the Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium are putting pen to paper and signing the contract for the high-speed train project on October 25.

The much-discussed high speed railway will link Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao international airports. The new SRT board was approved by the Thai cabinet today.

Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul says he is confident the contract will now be signed, adding that he has already met with Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of the CP group, and assured him of the government’s full cooperation and support.

The Charoen Pokphand-led consortium won the bid to develop the 224-billion baht high-speed train infrastructure as a signature project for the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) high-tech investment hub. The train service is scheduled to be operational in 2024 (The Thaiger is taking bets now).

Recently, however, the CP-led consortium raised concerns over land expropriation and eviction problems and asked for the government to share the risk on this issue. The Transport Ministry has already rejected the request putting the onus on CP as part of the proposal.

Mr. Anutin explained that, in any large infrastructure project involving expropriation of land, it is usual for the government or state agency not to be able to hand over the land to the contractor all at once. In such cases, the contracted completion date can be moved back.

He said the CP-led consortium should proceed with the high-speed train project without further delay because 70% of the land is ready to be handed over.

Meanwhile, the deputy PM admits that he didn’t know why the entire SRT board resigned en masse, delaying the signing of the contract, and denied that he had put pressure on the board to quit. He also denied that Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, also of the Bhumjaithai party, objected to the SRT board’s mass resignation because the latter wanted the contract to be signed quickly.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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