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Bangla Rd next target to have power cables buried

Bangla Rd next target to have power cables buried

PHUKET: Bangla Rd will be the next main street in Patong to have its power and communications cables installed underground, Theeraphat Petchsichuang, Chief of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Patong Office, has confirmed. 

By The Phuket News

Friday 3 September 2021, 05:49PM

Mr Theeraphat made the announcement through a video segment posted by Radio Thailand Phuket yesterday (Sept 2).

The burying of power and communications cables along Bangla Rd follows the completion of burying the cables along Thaweewong Rd (the beach road), Mr Theeraphat said.

“The next project will be another well-known Bangla Rd, followed by Pisit Koranee Rd and the road in front of Wat Patong respectively,” he said.  

“After the project is completed, there will not be power poles or cables, especially communication cables which are disordered and disturbing to tourists’ eyes.

“We will also cover the switch boxes along the road with images of our attractions [Phuket’s natural tourist attractions] to make them [the switch boxes] beautiful,” he added.

“The PEA has projects to put electric cable underground in big cities across the country. Phuket is considered one of the big cities, especially Patong where is well-known destination among tourists around the world.

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“Under the cooperation between the PEA and Patong Municipality, the cable on the beachfront Thaweewong Rd has already been put underground. The project started in 2019 and finished in the beginning of 2021 under the budget about B220 million,” Mr Theeraphat said.

Of note, the move to install cables throughout Patong was launched in 2015, and was confirmed last year that the project to bury the cables along the patong beachfront was being funded by a budget of B213,640,647 provided by Patong Municipality, supported by a budget of B60,365,957 provided by the Provincial Electricity Authority.

The beachfront section of the project, along three kilometres of the Patong beach road from the Pak Bang Canal at the southern end of the beach to Haad Patong Rd near Loma Park, was carried out under contract by joint-venture I.M.P Consortium

Mr Theeraphat in his announcement gave no indication of the cost for the Bangla Rd - Pisit Koranaee Rd project, or when the project was scheduled to start, or be completed by.

Mr Theeraphat and other officers at the Phuket PEA office were unavailable today to answer questions about the project.

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JSombra | 06 September 2021 - 20:30:24

Taking bets on when they start digging up the road...my money is about month after bars are getting busy again because the  tourists are back in numbers,  if that coincides with  Christmas or Songkran they will be extra disruptive and probably seal off whole street for even foot traffic

JohnC | 05 September 2021 - 08:48:08

I'm glad they decided to bury them this time and not BURN them like Taweewong Rd. LOL.

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Kurt | 04 September 2021 - 16:38:49

The charm of red light entertainment- and copy merchandise shops areas is that they are sleezy, including the cables and big rats. Don't sterilize that. :-)  No one cares about cables.

Kurt | 04 September 2021 - 12:46:39

Bangla Rd, what a money fun for the 'commission earners'. First new sewage piping both side, than new pavement, and now break up everything for cable underground. That red light business road is the last road of which I see the priority for rewiring. Keep it as it is, don't spoil present famous 'charm'.  :-)  There are many other roads to face lift with such job first.

Mj | 04 September 2021 - 11:12:58

Why not start with Bangla Road right away. 95% of the shops are closed now due to Covid and no Tourist. Must be a way to find a Budget for this.

Nasa12 | 04 September 2021 - 09:24:28

Well it is not so long since they new paved the whole Bangla road, smelling very fishy this whole project to over 220 million Bath.

Fascinated | 03 September 2021 - 19:10:19

the only place in Kamala where the cables have been buried is outside the Intercontinental, mainly due to a very high level personage with interests there.


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