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Green estate in Khon Kaen for relocations
« on: October 21, 2011, 11:03:50 AM »
Green estate in Khon Kaen for relocations

A green industrial estate is being planned for the Northeastern province of Khon Kaen to accommodate industries wishing to relocate from flood-prone zones.

"There is growing demand for relocation, particularly after the floods in the Central region," Vitoon Kamolnaruemet, president of the Federation of Thai Industries' Khon Kaen chapter, said yesterday. "Foreign investors from Taiwan and Japan are turning their eyes to the Northeast. While Khon Kaen is the top potential location, Udon Thani comes in second place."

The provincial governor is expected to launch a feasibility study soon, he said.

Governor Sombat Treewatsuwan said the plan was in line with Khon Kaen's vision to be one of the best cities in the world in terms of environment. If the city wants to welcome any industries, they should be environmentally friendly.

Vitoon said that theoretically, the industrial estate would house non-polluting factories, such as those in the electronics and medical-supply industries.

The FTI has pushed for this development for some time, but there was no progress because of the political instability. The plan is now being revived for after the great flood.

It should attract existing investors and those without facilities in Thailand. Some have inquired to the Board of Investment about Khon Kaen's potential for locating a green industrial estate.

The province has advantages over others in the Northeast. Thanks to its location, it can be an ideal logistics centre - with railroad connections and an extensive road network. The province is also the education and medical centre of the region.

A panel will be set up to take charge of the feasibility study, with the provincial governor as chairman and Khon Kaen University's rector as vice chairman. The study is expected to start next month.

"The industrial estate should cover more than 1,000 rai and the location should be within 40 kilometres of the city area. A public hearing is a must. Without public consent, we will not push for the project. Without the public's consent, such a development would be impossible," Vitoon said.

The Nation