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AIT demonstrates model of Monkey Cheek project

The steering committee for “Monkey Cheek Physical Model for Sanam Chai-Mahachai Canal Project: The King of Thailand’s Initiative” has expressed full satisfaction at the demonstration project at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

AIT demonstrates model of Monkey Cheek project

Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul

Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul, executive chairperson of the advisory committee for the project, appreciated the work during the demonstration at the AIT outdoor laboratory.

AIT President Said Irandoust remarked that he was very pleased at the work done by AIT in the project. Welcoming the members of the steering committee, he stated that AIT is proud to be part of a project which is dear to His Majesty, the King of Thailand.

The Monkey Cheek project in the Mahachai-Sanamchai canals performs the function of storing flood waters in the upper areas, while at the same time releasing water into the Gulf of Thailand in relation to the tide levels of the sea by relying on the appropriate use of gravity and pumping stations. The project comprises construction of regulators and pumping stations in canals, which yield considerable benefits without requiring huge investments. It can be linked with the Monkey Cheek project in the lower Tha Chin River to form an integrated system for efficient flood alleviation in Bangkok.

Dr. Sutat Weesakul, Principal Investigator of the project stated that AIT has been rendering its service towards the study which is a part of the overall project to be carried out by Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII) for the Chaipattana Foundation. H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is the executive chairperson of the Chaipattana Foundation.

AIT has been responsible for constructing the physical model and performing the function of storing flood water not only in the upper areas, but also in the ponds donated by local people and the golf course. The main objective is to provide the appropriate procedure for operating all regulators and pumping stations so that they are in harmony with  natural conditions.

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, Vice President (Resource Development), Dr. Mukand- Singh Babel, Coordinator, Water Engineering and Management Field of Study at AIT, were also present during the demonstration project. Later a meeting of the Steering Committee of the project was held at AIT.

Members of the Steering Committee of the project include the Office of the Secretary General of the project; Director General of Royal Irrigation Department and Provincial Governor of Samutsakhon province. The advisory committee comprises of Dr Sumet Tantivejkul as the executive chairperson; Director of Regional Irrigation Office; Dr. Sutat Weesakul; Dr. Chit Laowattana; Representative from Best Ocean Gold Limited; Mr. Sonkaak Supavej; Representative from CAS Printing City Limited; Mr. Suchart Kinchan and Director of HAII, Dr. Royol Chitradon.

Dr. Sutat Weesakul (extreme left) explains the details of the project as Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul, Dr. Mukand Singh Babel and Prof. Said Irandoust look at the simulation model.