PM warns coal-fired power plant protesters not to protest in Bangkok

Opponents of the coal-fired power plant project in Krabi province were told by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to not come to Bangkok to hold a protest, but to wait for a decision from the Energy Ministry about the project on Friday.

The prime minister, said an informed source, didn’t want the protesters to hold a protest in Bangkok because they would risk defying the law if they do not obtain a permit from authorities concerned in advance.

The source added that the prime minister had stressed the need for electricity in the southern region and the government’s responsibility to meet the need of the people.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the cabinet on Tuesday endorsed the appointment of Bangkok Expressway Metro to install electrical system and to operate the one-kilometre long connection between the Blue Line and Purple Line between Bang Sue underground train terminal and Taopoon terminal of the electric train to Bang Yai.

The connection is due to become operational in August which will enable commuters of the underground train to connect with the Purple Line to Bang Yai and vice versa.

Currently, a free shuttle service is being arranged to bring commuters from Bang Sue underground station to Taopoon electric train terminal and vice versa.