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Tangle Gate: Bill Gates blast spurs B51 billion cleanup in Bangkok, but no action in Phuket

PHUKET: Officials will spend more than B51 billion on burying power cables in Bangkok in response to Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates sledging Thailand for its ugly cable tangles along the streets – but Phuket will not get any special funding to remove one of the best known eyesores throughout the country.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Saturday 9 July 2016, 11:06AM

Opposition to the cable cleanup project in Patong may defer the push to tidy up Phuket's key tourism town until next year. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot
Opposition to the cable cleanup project in Patong may defer the push to tidy up Phuket's key tourism town until next year. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The philanthropist posted an image of a tangle of wires hanging from a power pole on his blog GatesNotes and wrote: “Due to faulty infrastructure, many urban areas suffer from frequent blackouts and power cuts, and the electrical grid often doesn’t serve the people who need it most.

“I’ve visited many cities filled with tangled wires such as those in this photo from Thailand, where people have illegally tapped into the grid on their own to get the power they need – at great personal risk.”

Blowback across the internet quickly pointed out that the cable tangle in the photo posted by Mr Gates was a jumble of telecommunication wires, not actual power cables, but officials in Bangkok took the point to heart and by Tuesday (July 5) had announced a B51.7 billion project to bury 147 kilometres of power cables throughout the capital over the next five years.

Yet Phuket will not see one baht from Bangkok to achieve the same.

“We will not get any part of those funds,” Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongthada told The Phuket News this week.

“We are trying to organise all utilities cables to make the streets look better, but I have yet to receive any official notice that Phuket will receive any budget to tackle this problem,” he added.

“We have just finished one project to bury cables underground in Phuket Town involving the Phuket and the local municipality. Next, we will do the same in Patong soon,” he said.

Suthep Jitseree, Manager of PEA office in Phuket Town, explained, “We are not getting extra funds because we are the PEA, and the decision to spend that money to bury cables in Bangkok was made by the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA).

“However, the project to bury cables along Thalang Rd is finished, and we are still installing the cables underground along Yaowarat Rd, Dibuk Rd and Thepkrasattri Rd,” Mr Suthep said.

Watcharin Prapa, Manager of the PEA office in Patong, confirmed that his office will receive nothing from the push to bury cables. “But the B200 million project to install cables underground along Thaweewong Rd (the Patong beachfront road) is going ahead,” he said.

“We will have a second public hearing later this month, after the first public hearing in June failed to gain public approval,” he added.

The Patong “mass burial of cables” project aims to install cables underground along three kilometres of Thaweewong Rd. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with a contractor last year, but since then the project has met some opposition.

The project is estimated to take about 18 months, “But we can’t even estimate when construction will begin until the approval process is complete,” Mr Watchanrin said.

Opposition to the project stemmed from concerns over how cables will be installed underground, among other factors, he explained.

“The are also concerns over the how the cables are going to be installed and the equipment to be used to carry out the project,” he said.

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup noted that the project was to start in April last year.

“I wish the PEA would start this project soon. It should have started in April 2016, but it still has not gone ahead.

“I will arrange to meet with the PEA Governor in Bangkok about this. If we are late again in pushing this through, this project might be postponed and not even be started this year,” Mayor Chalermluck added.



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skip | 14 July 2016 - 21:14:53

how about fixing the cut tessabaan owned CCTV cable to bangla rd beach police box first.the tourists have no CCTV to protect them against violence on bangla rd.its been out since december and several violent incidents have been unsolved and criminals are walking free after beating the hell out of tourists for saying no to a ping pong show where a beer costs 900 baht. read the ping pong cards if you want to check, supposedly its  the entrance fee to the free ping pong shows on sea dragon.

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Kurt | 09 July 2016 - 17:23:01

Would be nice if Bill Gates visit Phuket on his yacht and makes pictures of the cable spaghetti here too.

But,..Oops, the yacht of Mr Gates is to big to call the Phuket 'upperclass' marina which is now for sale.
At entrance Marina not enough keel clearance for his vessel.

Anyway, I think the Phuket cable spaghetti and all these ugly bill boards should be removed all together in order to make Phuket a better more and more pleasant tourist destination.

Of course, there are already fine examples of how streets on Phuket can look with all the stuff underground.
Like Karon beach road, and streets in Phuket town.

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Rorii | 09 July 2016 - 16:48:33

slippery snake, nowhere did it mention Bill Gates offered any money. Now, let's see if 51 billion baht is actually spent, and if it is it would be nice to see a complete audit of cost, so the Thai people can see that their money is spent correctly.

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slippery snake | 09 July 2016 - 12:46:49

I find it funny that B Gates says something about the cables and they now spend 51 billion to solve it..  happy Bill Gates.       Some guy from Sweden or god knows where,  posted a photo complaining about them and he gets told to mind his own business and bugger off back to where ever he came from !!   hehe, yeah, money talks again !

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