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EXAT Governor in Phuket for B30bn expressway survey

EXAT Governor in Phuket for B30bn expressway survey

PHUKET: Surachet Laophulsuk, Governor of the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT), was in Phuket on Monday (July 4) to lead the first public feedback hearing on the plans to build the B30 billion Muang Mai-Koh Kaew-Kathu Expressway.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 6 July 2022, 06:40PM

Mr Surachet explained that the public hearing was part of the feasibility study being conducted to assess “the suitability of engineering, economic impact, finance and environmental impact of the project.

Joining Mr Surachet at the meeting, held at the Royal Phuket City Hotel in Phuket Town, was Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong, who presided over the opening of the event.

Also joining Mr Surachet were representatives from four private companies contracted to conduct the feasibility study: MA Consultants Co Ltd, Asian Generative Consultants Co Ltd, PSK Company Consultants Co Ltd and Pre Development Consultants Co Ltd.

The meeting was held specifically for representatives, including residents, from four subdistricts ‒ Thepkrasattri, Srisoonthorn, Kathu and Koh Kaew ‒ to learn more about the project, Mr Surachet explained.

The results of the feedback and the preliminary and final designs of the expressway will be submitted to the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) as part of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, he added.

“In addition, EXAT will conduct a study and analyse the suitability of private investment projects as detailed in Article 22 of the Public-Private Partnership Act B.E. Investors (Market Sounding) of the Muang Mai-Koh Kaew-Kathu Expressway Project in Phuket Province,” Mr Surachet said.

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“If the project proceeds on schedule, construction is expected to begin in December 2024 and the expressway will be opened for service in December 2027, after a 15-month feasibility study plan,” he said.

Mr Surachet explained that the expressway is part of a two-project strategy that is aiming to connect the Muang Mai-Koh Kaew-Kathu Expressway to what he called the Kathu-Patong Expressway, known to most people as the Patong Tunnel project.

Reports of progress in the Muang Mai-Koh Kaew-Kathu Expressway over the past year have neglected to mention the cost of the project.

At last report, in March 2020, construction of the expressway was estimated to cost B30 billion, equating to roughly B1.4bn per kilometre for the 22.4km route – a staggering increase on the purported figures from June 2017, which estimated the project costs at approximately B5.5bn.

When asked for a justification and breakdown on the increased costs, Phuket Chamber of Commerce (PCC) President Thanusak Phungdet confirmed to The Phuket News that B12bn is to be allocated for the actual construction costs and the remaining B18bn to be used to acquire the land for the project to be built.

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Kurt | 08 July 2022 - 12:02:35

Is Patak Road in the bend on Kata Hill already repaired? If not, why not? The 'time line' there is saying something about what we can expect during other future projects. Remember small Chalong Underpass construction time?

Kurt | 07 July 2022 - 11:56:17

What is the left over of Phuket as a paradise island in the PAST should be preserved and not be covered by more concrete. A tourist island doesn't need highways. Phuket needs increase incinerator capacity, better handling of waste collection and debris of construction works handling.
Start first to improve what is bad functioning so visible before starting something new what is not needed.

Fascinated | 07 July 2022 - 10:17:28

A nice little earner for some. Just destroys some of the last remaining beauty on Phuket driving an unnecessary expressway though the island. What is needed is a couple of bypasses for places like Cherng talay before building takes away available land and a road from Kathu to Kamala. Audit who owns the land along the routes to see where the B18 bn goes.

JohnC | 07 July 2022 - 09:06:08

All those land plots no doubt were bought by HiSos or senior government officials at ridiculously cheap prices from the poor locals and heavily increased their value to be bought by the expressway budget. Hard to believe that Thai people still don't seem to care how much of their tax money meant to inprove infrastructure is creamed off the top to enrich the unscrupulous, selfish and greedy. TI...


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