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‘Keep Phuket Clean’ campaign draws thousands to Patong Beach

PHUKET: More than 2,000 people turned out at Patong Beach for a mass beach-cleanup today (April 4) as Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan launched the government-driven “Keep Phuket Clean” campaign.

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Tuesday 4 April 2017, 05:45PM

“The government has issued an order to solve the rubbish problem. The plan is for Thailand to be free of litter all this year, 2017,” Gov Chockchai told the crowd gathered near the Police Box at the end of Bangla Rd.

“So Phuket has launched the campaign ‘Keep Phuket Clean by our hands’. The objective is to make people more concerned about cleanliness,” he added.

Similar launch events will be held at the end of Saphan Hin and at Bang Tao Beach in Cherng Talay, Gov Chockchai noted.

Under the campaign, each local administrative office must identify one area in particular to keep clean, and where appropriate it must be a beach area, he explained

However, municipalities and other forms of local administrations must also maintain their areas by keeping grass cut along roadsides and around government buildings and making sure roads are free from litter.

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They must also clear any sources of health risk, improve the scenery such as by removing signs or banners that are tattered.

“They must also keep drains clear. The roads will be cleaned, and underwater rubbish in the sea and in canals will be cleaned. In addition air pollution will be measured,” Gov Chockchai said.

“Every local administrative office must follow the campaign, and the public can help too by taking part to make our province clean and to support the good image of a world tourism city with our hands and hearts,” he added.

Present for the official cleanup launch today was Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup, who last month independently launched her own campaign to clear rubbish from being dumped on the streets of Patong with revamped collections and an mobile phone app for the public to use to report dumped garbage. (See The Phuket News page one story here.)

Patong is also the focal point of a campaign to clear ugly tangles of overhead cables from the streets, with Sai Nam Yen Rd to be cleared first, followed by 1.2 kilometres of Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd that includes the section past the Jungceylon shopping mall. (See The Phuket News page one story here.)



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Robin Sole | 06 April 2017 - 14:08:21

Oh dear another comment that will not see any action is this one, "They must also clear any sources of health risk". 
Right, does this include getting rid of all the soi dogs and their serious rabies risk? 
Didn't think so. 

The Phuket News | 05 April 2017 - 17:18:09

Why didn't they spread them around the island, what a waste of a good opportunity to make a difference.  2000 is an awful lot and you could have done half of Phuket in a few hours with that many people.  Instead I bet they mostly stodd around Patong beach with nothing to do, trying to get their face in front of a camera.

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Kurt | 05 April 2017 - 16:16:29

Wasn't 2000 people just for cleaning 1 beach a bit to much?
Walking together with 2000 you hardly can notice the rubbish.

Why was the number of 2000 volunteers not a bit spread over more beaches?
Enough tuk tuks at Patong beach road for transport a 1000 to other beaches.

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Kurt | 05 April 2017 - 13:34:29

Departing Governor, just 6 months + 5 day in function on Phuket.
Perhaps his superiors were not amused that a State Governor wears polo shirts with 'adds/logos' of private businesses?

So, does this halt further progress of Patong Tunnel, Phuket light rail, and check on illegal hotels for the time being?

Guess, all Phuket officials now go to lean back in their office arm chairs, relax, and wait for new 'orders'.

Are curious what this 'change of the guards' means for Phuket beach 'ruling'.
Lucky it is very low season already. 
Time enough to implement new beach ruling. 
That will be fun again to witness.

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Christy Sweet | 05 April 2017 - 09:24:27

What's missing from this noble effort is a concerted public advertising campaign of DO NOT LITTER and education on  Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Businesses need to be forced to comply- nothing that can be recycled should be treated as " garbage" to be buried or incinerated. Posters and lectures in schools, ads on TV, social media, print media and a 180 degree shift away from acceptance of littering and dumping will all contribute to a difference can be seen immediately. 

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eric dekegel | 05 April 2017 - 07:29:44

The last action before taking his flight to Bkk who was waithing....

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