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Surin industrialists propose converting old mines into tourist attraction

Members of the private sector in Surin province are proposing a 100 million baht mineral mine rehabilitation and development project to the visiting Cabinet members, seeking to convert old mines into a reservoir and tourist attraction.

President of Surin’s Industrial Council Prayut Khieowhan explained today that an area at the base of Khao Panom Sawai in Prasat district of Surin is riddled with about 12 manmade wells left over from past mining activities. The wells are in an 860 rai area, which the council believes can be redeveloped for a new purpose with a budget of 100 million baht.

A plan is to be presented to the Cabinet retreat taking place this May 8.

The plan is to detail a concrete road, electrical systems, solar powered water pumps and connections between the 12 wells so that they form a 44 million cubic meter reservoir, which could benefit up to 1,590 rai of farmland as well as help in dealing with floods and drought. It is also believed the area could be turned into a tourist attraction and enhance local revenue and quality of life.

NNT

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