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Boats banned from passing under Phuket bridges as water mains installed

PHUKET: All boats have been banned from passing under the bridges joining Phuket to the mainland while workers install a water mains pipe from Phang Nga to the small community of Baan Tha Chatchai on the shores of the northernmost tip of the island.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 23 May 2018, 11:03AM


The Phuket Marine Office issued a notice at 4pm yesterday (May 22) announcing that the ban is in effect for three days, from yesterday through tomorrow (May 24).

At that time the water mains pipe, which is not being installed attached to any of the three bridges, was already blocking the waterway, known locally as the Chong Bpark Phra.

Phuket Marine Office Chief Surat Sirisaiyat explained to The Phuket News, that the water mains pipe was being installed by Hydro Enterprise & Aqua Design Co Ltd

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“The pipe is 90 centimetres in diameter. It will supply water from Baan Tha Noon in Klok Kloi subdistrict in Phang Nga Province on the north side to Baan Tha Chatchai in Mai Khao subdistrict in Phuket – a distance of about one kilometre.

“Once the pipe is complete, they will drop it onto the channel sea bed,” Mr Surat said.

“For safety, all boats, including all forms of water transport and all fishing boats, are to avoid using the channel for three days,” Mr Surat added.

 

 

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Fascinated | 23 May 2018 - 11:24:57

The notice was issued at 4pm yesterday, stating that the ban was already in effect. At the same time the pipe was blocking the waterway. 

Classic- no thought to warn people BEFORE the event.

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