Rayong residents worry EEC will come with empty promises

Rayong residents have raised concerns about pollution and the empty promises that the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project might bring.

Their concerns, they said yesterday, were based on the lesson they learned from the Eastern Seaboard Development programme more than 30 years ago. 

“When the Eastern Seaboard initiative came to our hometown, the locals were promised that they would get free fertiliser from a plant that was being built for the agriculture sector. 

“Yet we have received no free fertiliser so far,” said Utai Sornlaksap, chair of the Rubber Network Council and the Rubber Farmers Institute of Thailand. He added that the fertiliser plant had been built and then torn down. “Its structures were removed and sold as scrap,” Utai said. 

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Khanathit Srihirundaj