Cabinet approves fund to pay builder of Klong Dan project

Construction News
The cabinet today (Tuesday) approved a huge budget from the Central Fund to be used to pay the constructor of the Klong Dan water treatment project in Samut Prakan as ordered by the Supreme Administrative Court.
The special budget was requested by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment after the ministry lost the case to the builder of the corruption-riddled project.

As ordered by the court, the payments will be made in three instalments: 3,174.5 million baht to be paid within November 21; 2,380.9 million baht to be paid within next May 21; and the final instalment of 2,380.9 million baht within November 21 next year.

Former deputy interior minister Vatana Asavahame who was in charge of the Land Department then illegally acquired land and sold them to the Pollution Control Department to be used as the construction site at inflated prices. Several other officials alleged to be involved in the scam have been sentenced to imprisonment. Vatana escaped before the reading of the verdict.

Government spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha told his cabinet that the Klong Dan project should serve a lesson about how corruption has damaged the country and that this should not be repeated.

The cabinet also the Waste Water Management Organisation to see to it how the Klong Dan waste water treatment plant can be utilized.