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Phuket Town splashes out B500mn on flood prevention

PHUKET: A project costing more than B500 million is underway to upgrade Phuket Town’s drainage capabilities in order to prevent the town from flooding after huge seasonal deluges.

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Chanida Summast

Wednesday 27 July 2016, 09:05PM

“The central government granted Phuket City Municipality a budget of B517 million to solve flooding issues and to improve the drainage system in Phuket Town,” Thawee Homhoun, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Office of Public Works and Town & Country Planning, told The Phuket News today (July 27).

“We are in charge of this project and signed a contact on March 31 with the construction company Auang Sea Heang Co Ltd to complete the works needed,” he said.

“The construction company will start this project early in August, maybe as late as August 15, and the whole project will take about two and half years to complete,” Mr Thawee said.

“Once the projects starts, officials will need to reduce some of the roads where work is being carried out to one lane only,” he warned.

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“We need this project to help dispose of high volumes of rainwater because our city lacks a quality drainage system. Many of the drains are too small to handle the load and many of them are not connected properly,” Mr Thawee explained.

“To resolve these problems, in addition to upgrading and fixing drains and reworking canals throughout the town, the project will see pumping stations installed along the canals to help pump excess water,” he said.

However, Mr Thawee noted that although the projects to be carried out have been identified, the plans for many of the works to be done have yet to be finalised.

“We have similar projects lined up for Patong for which we have already signed a contract with another company. This project will start in September,” Mr Thawee added.



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Kurt | 28 July 2016 - 11:04:25

Concerned: I very much agree with  you.
Many times I mention Singapore as a example.
This mentioning does not mean that thai have to become Singaporeans, as thai have their own culture.

But what would be wrong to adapt the Singapore transport system, their law enforcement, their environmental care taking, their car driving school system?
Last Sunday, 24/7, it was again a foreign residents initiative to clean the very dirty Naiharn beach.
They do that regularely, I join.
Why thai officials not order and have staff to do that daily? 
Like it happens in Singapore and most Malaysian beaches.
Phuket is the richest province of Thailand, why is it so dirty everywhere?

How long we have to continue to hammer on this subject before any light goes on?

Thailand has not to invent their own wheel, yes?
Adapt existing good working wheels elsewhere.

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Concerned | 28 July 2016 - 07:37:30

This might help to
They could save a lot of money if the teach people not trash snack wrapping , cigarette stumps, food leftover, plastic bags cans etc down the gullies seen this every day on the island.
Educate people how to dispose their trash the proper way - if they don't listen impose fines so done in Singapore and other environment conscious countries with visible results.

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Ed Sanders | 28 July 2016 - 02:34:11

I would guess the Toyota and Ducati dealers will be happy with this project passing.  I just hope they save enough money after their shopping sprees to make a few drainage improvements, although I am not confident that anything effective will occur.  One only has to look at the drainage projects taken place in Surin, BangTao and Kamala to see that the local officials saw the only benefit of these kinds of projects... Oh, I forgot the Burmese women and children that will enjoy a little more job security.

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