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Chalong water trucks back on torn up road

PHUKET: Chalong Mayor Samran Jindaphol has confirmed that water trucks have permission to continue to refill their road tankers at a lagoon near Wat Chalong on a road that he banned them from only on Wednesday (May 11).

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 14 May 2016, 03:52PM


Chalong Mayor Samran Jindaphol has allowed the water trucks to resume using the torn-up road after a donation of B400,00 was made to the municipality. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

Chalong Mayor Samran Jindaphol has allowed the water trucks to resume using the torn-up road after a donation of B400,00 was made to the municipality. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

Mayor Samran banned water trucks from using Luangporkluem Rd after a slew of complaints brought him to realise that the trucks’ round-the-clock activities had torn the small road apart. (See story here.)

However, the water trucks resumed using the road in full force yesterday, with one local resident reporting that 13 trucks were queued up for refilling at 8:30pm last night (May 13).

The concession to allow the the trucks to resume refilling their tankers at the site came after B400,00 baht was given to the municipality in order to help pay for repairs to the road, Mayor Samran told The Phuket News today (May 14).

“On Wednesday, I ordered the company to stop all deliveries until workers had repaired the road, but the very next day the owners pleaded to us that if they stopped the water deliveries, it would hurt their businesses and many people in hotels across the island would have no water,” Mayor Samran said.

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“The lagoon owner and the water truck operators together and gave B400,000 to Chalong Municipality to repair the road, and for them to continue with their business.

“They said the water trucks would not be filled to the brim and would be driven very slowly in order to not damage the road any further,” Mayor Samran added.

“We have to compromise with everyone, the water truck operators, the lagoon owner and local residents. So we agreed to let them do their business, but within the conditions they have agreed to.

“Workers are on site to begin repairs to the road today (May 14). Hopefully the repairs will be complete within 10 days and by then we should have better road with a stronger concrete mix with some iron reinforcement,” he said.

 

 

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Local Resident | 15 May 2016 - 16:09:50

Glad to report that work has started already today (Sunday) on the road repairs. Not sure if they are just repairing the broken bits with cement road and leaving a patchwork of tarmac (which of course can get destroyed in the future) between the new cement repairs and the old broken tarmac surface. But at least it is a start.

YesSir | 15 May 2016 - 14:08:41

This is a joke.It is not only the destruction of the road but also the blocking off by these trucks parking in some cases double parking that then stops the local residents using the road to and from their houses and  also all the coaches full of Chinese tourists going to the spa next door and also the herb outlet just down the road. Also when this road behind the temple becomes a main road due to...

spider | 15 May 2016 - 04:17:29

Money talks again.Unfortunately some things will never change. The trucks will have to be off the road for at least a week to do the repairs, and thats assuming the contractor knows what hes doing. Never going to happen. The 400k has gone straight to the mayors favourite charity...LOL

Sir Burr | 14 May 2016 - 17:51:39

"We have to compromise with everyone".

And, therein lies the problem.

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