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No blackout on Jan. 13, says Thai minister
  • | VNA | January 08, 2014 08:33 AM
There will be no power blackout, oil or gas shortage on January 13, the day of the planned Bangkok shutdown by the People's Democratic Reform Committee, caretaker Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisarn has said.
 Demonstrators in Bangkok
Xinhua News Agency cited Pongsak as saying this before attending the meeting of the caretaker cabinet at the Army Club, which is to be chaired by caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

He said about 73 fuel outlets selling petrol, diesel or gas in inner areas of Bangkok are likely to be affected by the shutdown on January 13, but they all have backup plans to ensure smooth service on that day.

Pumps in the nearby provinces of Bangkok will not be affected by the anti-government rallies, led by protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, he added.

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and its labor union had earlier issued an assurance that there will be no electricity cuts on Jan. 13.

On the other hand, companies in Bangkok were told to figure out back-up plans to cope with the planned shutdown.

The warning came after the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking, which comprises the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Thai Bankers' Association, met on January 6 to assess the impact of political rallies on businesses.

According to the meeting, the Stock Exchange of Thailand will continue operating on Jan. 13 along with some other businesses, in the hope that the demonstrations will not turn violent.

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