The massive blackout in the South on Tuesday night was not a deliberate act to justify building new coal-fired power plants in the South, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says.
Before leaving for an official visit to Japan yesterday, Ms Yingluck assured the blackout was not an act of sabotage designed to ensure the government could push new power plants on the region.
However, she said increased electricity generation would still be needed to serve growing power demand there. New power plants would be studied carefully and designed to minimise the negative impacts on local people.
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