Hotel fish smell still hangs in the air
PHUKET: The bad fish smell in Phuket Town has still not been resolved for the Managing Director of the Silver Hotel Phuket, who recently met again with the Vice Governor and relevant authorities to move forward with his complaint.
Monday 19 December 2011, 05:12PM
Monluck Tantipornsawat, the Managing Director at the suffering hotel in Phuket Town made his first complaint to the governor on March 14 about the awful smell and loud noise levels coming from a neighbouring seafood facility. The Governor appointed the Vice Governor to resolve the problem within three months, but the problem still persists.
Mr Monluck said, “We still face these problems despite having asked for a resolution four times with the government authorities.”
The director of Silver Hotel Phuket took five video clips which record the everyday reality of the situation and played them in a meeting which confirmed the smell had caused tour groups and customers to cancel, resulting in a loss of income for the hotel.
The representative of Phuket City Municipality explained, “This facility is operating without a licence which needs to be approved by Phuket City Municipality, however, we have attempted to resolve the problem by fixing an area for food transfer inside plant and installing air pollution controls but these measures have not resolved all of the problems.”
A representative of Phuket Provincial Industry Office confirmed the seafood factory will be moved to a new site in Rassada and that they have already signed a contract with the fish market organisation of Phuket. The draft plans and proposals for the new plant are being prepared for the Rassada Sub-district Municipality.
Mr Monluck requested a firm commitment to the time frame and method of resolution in writing to the government authorities, meanwhile the representative of Phuket Provincial Industry Office promised to give him a document in two weeks time, after meeting with the owner of the factory regarding moving to the new site.