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PM promises budgets for tourism developing Phuket projects

PHUKET: During his visit to Phuket yesterday (Sept 16), Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha promised the Governor of Phuket that his government would find the budgets needed for projects that would assists in promoting the island’s tourism industry such as infrastructure projects including road construction, the light rail system and underpasses.

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Suthicha Sirirat

Saturday 17 September 2016, 11:58AM

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha seen here with Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada at Phuket Rajabhat University. Photo: Suthicha Sirirat
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha seen here with Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada at Phuket Rajabhat University. Photo: Suthicha Sirirat

Urgent Phuket projects was one of a variety of topics discussed when PM Prayuth held a meeting with officials from the Andaman region and local residents at Phuket Rajabpat University yesterday afternoon.

PM Prayuth, who was accompanied by Deputy PMs, Gen Narong Pipatanasai and Somkid Jatusripitak, and Minister of Interior Gen Anupong Phaochinda, was welcomed to the meeting by Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada who raised a number of island developing projects which would need support from the government and requested PM Prayuth allocate the required budgets so that the projects could go ahead.

Gov Chamroen announced on Sept 7 that he planned to bring a range of urgent projects needed on the island to the attention of PM Prayuth when he visited the island yesterday to preside over the Startup Thailand and Digital Thailand 2016 event held at the Duangjit Resort & Spa in Patong.

Projects that needed support from the PM included the light rail system, International Conference and Exhibition Centre, underpass projects, expressway and Andaman railway. (See story here.)

After discussing the projects, PM Prayut said that the central government would need several trillion baht to support all projects that each province has proposed, but that all projects that will improve the infrastructure of Phuket and help to promote tourism would be supported.

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“Projects like road and bridge construction and anything that assists with developing tourism in general are a must for us. The government will fully support these projects and will seek funds for them. These projects will happen,” PM Prayuth said.

“For those projects that have come to a standstill due to environmental issues, we will provide the necessary budgets so that assessments can be carried out so that the environmental problems can be fixed,” he added.

Meanwhile, more than 100 police and military security personnel had to be deployed at Phuket Rajabhat University prior to PM Prayut’s visit to the campus yesterday afternoon, as more than 500 Phuket sea gypsies turned out in the hope of delivering to the nation’s leader a plea to stave off forced relocation from their village in Rawai.

Under instruction from Col Akanit Danpitaksan, Chief Inspector of the Phuket Provincial Police, the security personnel had to move the sea gypsies to a site on Ratsadanusorn Rd, about one kilometre to the north from the campus, and ensured they did not block traffic at the busy Wor Kor intersection. (See story here.)



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Kurt | 18 September 2016 - 12:05:51

malczx7r: yes, I agree with you.
Unfortunately Chiang Mai area suffers frequent heavy air pollution of the local industry, due to the fact that Chiang Mai is located in a landscape 'bowl'.

In google I red that periods of time of the year the air pollution is worse than in China's industrial areas, and Chiang Mai hospitals and clinics are overcrowded with respiration patients.

Several years ago I visited Chiang Mai, the air pollution effected me.
I wanted to change my flight back to Phuket.
Was that day not possible as Chiang Mai airport was closed due to dense smog.

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Ed Sanders | 17 September 2016 - 22:25:00

All the plans are just to get more more more out of tourism, but unfortunately no talk about projects that are desperately needed to accommodate the already unmanageable load placed on Phuket from the existing tourism.  This includes wastewater treatment, the lack thereof will kill tourism (go for a swim Khun PM and smell the sewage for yourself, and come back during high season for the black water cesspools that are currently just flushing to the ocean), or the ability to manage solid waste, nary a trash bin to be found along any/all of Phuket's beaches, or how about management systems that will conserve natural resources that are completely oversold and overwhelmed with hoards of people.  Oh well, I don't think any of this stuff will get any consideration...just the standard short-sighted Thai approach of more more more.  

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malczx7r | 17 September 2016 - 17:14:40

After 4 days in Chiang Mai,I'd reccomend, driver training and attitude lessons to the Phuket people from the people of Chiang Mai, what a difference! Happy and pleasant and driving carefully, everything Phuket isn't, oh and helpful and not trying to rip you off or hassle you! A pleasure to go there.

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