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Governor wants work to be begin on unfinished Phuket Provincial Hall

Governor wants work to be begin on unfinished Phuket Provincial Hall

PHUKET: The new Governor of Phuket has said that work should restart on completing the unfinished Phuket Provincial hall and contracts with a new contractor should be signed no later than December.

By The Phuket News

Friday 5 October 2018, 04:22PM

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana (right) inspects the site of the unfinished provincial hall on Wednesday. Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana (right) inspects the site of the unfinished provincial hall on Wednesday. Photo: PR Dept

The news comes following Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana paying a visit to the site of the unfinished provincial hall on Wednesday (Oct 3).

In June last year, The Phuket News reported that construction of the B450 million new Phuket Provincial Hall was 70% complete and that the project should be finished by November 26 , 2017, or the contractor will face hefty fines.

The deadline for completion of the long-awaited new Provincial Hall building was extended by 180 days due to “lack of workers” on the construction site, Chief of Phuket Public Relations Office Bussaya Chaipeum told The Phuket News on June 23. (See story here.)

However, on April 5 this year, the Phuket Public Relations Department confirmed that new contractors were being sought to complete construction of the new Provincial Hall following the cancellation of the contract with the original contractors.

The Phuket PR Office announced that Phuket Vice Governor Thawornwat Kongkaew recently revealed more details of the about the halted construction of the new Provincial Hall where he said, “The original contract was cancelled because construction did not follow the plan.” (See story here.)

Speaking on Wednesday, Governor Phakaphong said that a new medium price would have to be set up for the procurement process.

“On Oct 18 we will hold a meeting to make an agreement about a a new medium price. After that we can hire a new contractor to continue construction of the new provincial hall. We expect to have a constructor by December,” Gov Phakaphong said.

“If all goes according to plan, we will give the new contractor 555 days to complete the work meaning the new provincial hall will be complete in June 2020.”

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Timothy | 06 October 2018 - 08:49:05

555 days to complete? 555 indeed. Why didn't they follow plan? Where did the 450 million go? How were they able to claim for delay by not having workers on site? Yet another blatant scam with nobody held to account. Just get another budget and start again. 

Kurt | 06 October 2018 - 08:42:40

So, since April new contractors were sought? Government found any during last 6 months?  Will there be a bidding or will the pricing set by Government desk staff, and contractors/constructors just have to swallow a government dictated budget again? It will, again, not work that way.

Galong | 06 October 2018 - 08:24:23

Yep, I can't think of anything else that would help the citizens of the island more than finishing this fancy government building.  The Chalong roundabout hasn't really inconvenienced anyone. We all love 3 kilometer backups!  Seriously, you're starting off by losing respect.

Jor12 | 05 October 2018 - 19:49:30

Seems like a legitimate pressing issue to me.

BenPendejo | 05 October 2018 - 19:05:17

Kinda seems like the priority is to start getting budgets and start rewarding contractors that know how to dole out the budget between themselves, while leaving just enough money to have Burmese women and children finish the project. I have heard that a ticket to be Phuket Governor is like a reward to soon-to-retire politicians, allowing them to feather their nests before retiring. We'll see.

Discover Thainess | 05 October 2018 - 17:05:44

I feel sure there are more pressing issues to spend the money on ......


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