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Unconnected pipes and trash part of Patong’s rain drainage problems

PHUKET: Patong Municipality officials may have solved some of the mystery surrounding the areas ongoing floods after digging up drainage pipes to find them blocked with tyres, electrical cables and general everyday rubbish.

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Saturday 16 July 2016, 12:10PM

Various rubbish, including an old car tyre and electrical cables were found to be blocking the drains. Photo: Patong Municipality
Various rubbish, including an old car tyre and electrical cables were found to be blocking the drains. Photo: Patong Municipality

However, another part of the problem was that the drainage pipes had not been properly connected.

Mayor Chalermluck Kepsap led a team to investigate Patong’s drainage problems at the Omsin (GSB) Junction on Phrameita Rd on Thursday (July14) after residents complained of foul smells and water being trapped in the area.

Using a backhoe, the drains were dug and various items including an old tyre, electrical wires, plastic and water bottles were found to be clogging the pipes.

Mayor Chalermluk told The Phuket News yesterday (July 15), “We had to open the drainpipe to see why the rain water would not drain on Phrameita Rd. It turned out that the problem was not the old pipe, but was that a lot of rubbish had entered the drainage system.

“However, adding to that, we also found that the Rural Road Department had not been connected the pipes properly so the rain water could not drain,” she said.

“Workers have connected the pipes correctly so now the water should drain away as it is supposed to.

“However, residents in Patong should also discard of the rubbish correctly and not dump it in the canal,” she added.   



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Kurt | 17 July 2016 - 17:40:37

Bigaresort..  Yes, I know from foreign Consuls that the top Phuket thai authorities actually read the English Phuket newspapers. Of course I can not confirm they also read the comments. But have no reason to believe they don't.

Ofcourse, that unpleasant comment of Joe12 ( to personal), that I led people to believe..bla bla, etc, is nonsense.
In my writing I wrote 'residents', not said 'thai;. same as slippery snake.
I have no idea why that joe12 targets just me regarding this article.

It is untasteful of Joe12 to try to stir up an stand between thai and foreigners in this matter on my account.
That is not the case here.
Unconnected pipes (!), car tires and electric wires in drainage utilities have nothing to do with foreign tourists.

Again joe12 not write his own comment, just like to burn down others who comment, put words in their mouth they didn't write/say and that in a very dishonorable way.
Pity, to sense the hatred in that man, and his attempts to let people say what they not say. So shallow.

His conclusion that foreigners are 'trashing the place' are for his account.

Lack of carbage collection bins everywhere, like today at Kamala beachsurf festival contradicts his 'thinking', if we can considered it as 'thinking'.

The mistery in Patong, surrounding the areas of ongoing floods has nothing to do with foreigners seen the explanation of patong authorities themselves.

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Joe12 | 17 July 2016 - 11:34:30

Bigaresort...Kurt has led us to believe that there are more foreigners in Phuket than Thai's, therefore the reality then is that foreigners are the ones trashing the place. 

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Bigaresort | 17 July 2016 - 07:45:32

Do you guys think this Major Lady or any other Thai actually read your comments? Stop dreaming and live with the reality!Thais can!

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slippery snake | 16 July 2016 - 17:52:40

This is off topic, but Kurt mentioned Tuk Tuks, I just had a week in Pattaya, and could jump on a tuk tuk anywhere along the beach road or second road and off anywhere and the cost was TEN Baht, they continually drove the curcuit..  Why the hell can't they do that here in Patong ??????????????   Oh I know, the tuk tuk mafia..    

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slippery snake | 16 July 2016 - 17:44:16

Maybe if the Patong rubbish department put a  few rubbish bins around all the roads and not just a few along beach road,  Thais may learn to use them, but it could take a few years, as they seem to think the road is the rubbish dump or anywhere !!!!  

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Kurt | 16 July 2016 - 15:09:05

I advice madam mayor to put on sunglasses and a cap, and go daily herself on a bike, paddle around your town, make notes about what is defect, not working or criminal on the streets.
Do your bike trips during rainy days, note down, and hammer your departments to handle it swiftly.
Become active, drop that passiveness.
Be a mayor! be a boss! be a captain!

Patong deserves better!

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Ed Sanders | 16 July 2016 - 14:49:09

Almost an afterthought from the Mayor... kinda like... "Oh yeah...residents in Patong should also discard of the rubbish correctly and not dump it in the canal”... like that's going to happen.  And I guess it's just the residents that need to not litter... forget about the lowlife taxi/tuktuk lowlife slobs that use the storm drains like their own personal trash receptacles.  Please Ms. Mayor... take a walk down the beach road and look at what these public transport bums do to your streets every day and night.

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Kurt | 16 July 2016 - 14:48:01

And why did the Rural Road Dept not did connected the pipes correctly, madam mayor?
And why was the patong drainage system not cleaned during the dry months January, February, March and April of a lot of rubbish?
Car tyres and electric cables? Are you joking, madam mayor?
Madam mayor, you know the behavior of your residents, regarding not handling rubbish, do you?
Why let rubbish become 'old rubbish'?
Clean your town regularely and in a proper way.
Check better on your departments. Check and double check.
Don't be passive so much as being the captain of patong town.

And remove tuk tuks from patong parking spaces not ment for them!
Until now it seems you not want to disturb the tuk tuk 'business'.   
( I am polite, not want to addres them here as 'Maffia')

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