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Landowners step up for new Kathu-Srisoonthorn road

Landowners step up for new Kathu-Srisoonthorn road

PHUKET: A consortium of private land owners have submitted a request to the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO) to develop a new road across private land between Kathu and Srisoonthorn for public use.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 29 November 2022, 11:17AM

Photo: PR Phuket

Photo: PR Phuket

Nimit Ekwanich submitted the request to PPAO President Rewat Areerob yesterday (Nov 28).

The roadstarts in ​​Moo 4, Kathu, located between two old tin mine ponds and accessed by Soi Kathu 4, and connects to ​​Moo 3 and Moo 7 in Srisoonthorn, a distance of about six kilometers, Mr Nimit said.

People have been using the route for many years, but developing the route into a proper road would bring much benefit to the island, Mr Nimit added.

“The private sector wants to expand transportation routes by having a new road between Kathu and Srisoonthorn to solve traffic problems, which in Phuket is a big problem that affects tourism due to the low number of transportation routes,” he said.

“Land for construction of new roads is limited and expensive, while mobility and traffic safety are essential. For example, during the widespread floods in October, there were landslides and roads were cut off. People were unable to travel to other areas, resulting in significant damage to the provincial economy,” he added.

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“Therefore, in order to prevent damage caused by natural disasters, it is appropriate to seek routes to connect all parts of the province as much as possible,” Mr Nimit said.

“Hoping to rely on such projects from the state alone will not be able to achieve the results in the time that the people want due to insufficient state budgets, so a quick and feasible approach is that the private sector must be involved in supporting creating alternative routes as well,” he continued.

Mr Nimit’s request asked for the PPAO to draft a Memorandum of Understanding under which the PPAO will manage the construction of the road.

The private sector, namely Sanguan Kulwanich, Kitti Saksaktawee and Nginao Ekvanich, will provide the land on which the road is to be built.

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CaptainJack69 | 01 December 2022 - 16:00:33

Yeah. As usual PN, map please.

Kathu Moo 4 is south of the existing Kathu-Koh Kaew road and consists mostly of Red Mountain golf course. This road is going to cross both of those? Confused.

skorchio | 30 November 2022 - 16:47:52

How about a map ? 

PlasticJim | 30 November 2022 - 13:18:59

Public Transport for people who take motorbike/car and go to 7-11 what happen to be 150meters away??? More roads is what we need and heavy sanctions who use left lane as parking. I thought it better use land for roads what if freely given, no matter motives rather than expropriation of land

christysweet | 30 November 2022 - 11:40:04

More roads is not a solution. More and better public transport is and the taxi cartel rules all  on Phuket. I cannot believe the west side tailbacks at the Thalang lights now there is a 4 lane inflow into a one lane passage . It must take 20 minutes  to get through onto southbound Rte 402.. When is the tipping point for drivers to abandon the private car?

JohnC | 30 November 2022 - 08:41:16

Why not if others can. Private roads  can't be built any worse  than all the others. Phuket needs more roads but as we all know the ones built by government are riddled with corruption and kickbacks resulting in poorly made roads that require continuous repairs resulting in more kickbacks when tendering for contracts to fix them. A great little earner for those with the right connections.

Old guy | 29 November 2022 - 17:53:40

Why do many oppose longer Bangla hours. Or, selling land for new roads? Money. The money that others will make from such actions.
Why should they care? If they owned the bar or land wouldn't they want the ability to do the same?
Just small jealous ignorant people. 

Kurt | 29 November 2022 - 13:48:16

Did the Prab-Keesin road builders submitted a request to the PPAO to build the 'Prab Rd'? Did they get permission of PPAO? We never read a single word about that. A new money making fashion comes up. ..BUILDING PRIVATE RDS.., in order to increase the landprices at both sides of such projected roads.

Fascinated | 29 November 2022 - 11:30:36

No such thing as a free lunch, I know people who donated the land for a road and it pushed up the price of the land either side of it. Get a road built for you and reap the profits.


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