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Mayor halts water trucks over damaged Phuket road

Mayor halts water trucks over damaged Phuket road

PHUKET: Chalong Mayor Samran Jindaphol has banned private water trucks from using a road to source water from a private lagoon near Wat Chalong as their round-the-clock activities have torn the newly paved road apart.

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By Darawan Naknakhon

Wednesday 11 May 2016, 10:17AM


Mayor Samran gave the order yesterday (May 10) after inspecting Luangporkluem Rd, which joins Luangpor Chaem Rd behind Wat Chalong.

“We have been bombarded with complaints from local residents reporting that trucks serving a water supply business have damaged the road, which was repaved just two months ago,” he said.

Mayor Samran pointed out that 600 metres of road had been damaged by the water trucks.

“Several side streets around this area also show signs of damage by these water trucks,” he said. “The area damaged most is where they pump water out of the reservoir.

“We were told at least two to three trucks wait to fill up at a time and today we saw a few more waiting in line for water. Today, we can see water all over the road and a lot of mud,” he added.

“I ordered the company to stop all deliveries until workers have repaired the road. If they fail to follow my order, we will take legal action,” Mayor Samran warned.

He also urged motorists to avoid using the road while repairs were carried out.

However, Mayor Samran added that water trucks will continue to use other roads in the area while repairs are carried out.

“Right now the owner is willing to cooperate with us and will use alternative route for their business,” he said.

“Chalong Municipality recently repaired this road, which was not designed for carrying the heavy load of these trucks, which operate 24 hours a day, and each day making several hundreds trips in total,” he explained.

“We will try to improve the road so it can better handle heavy vehicles. These water trucks may use the road again after it has been fixed, but if the road suffers damage from heavy trucks in the future, the water company will be held responsible for fixing the road,” he said.

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Christy Sweet | 16 May 2016 - 08:01:37

Joe 12, My opinion is the tropical mind,  having food abundant year round never had to plan for future food, so doesn't have the capacity to plan for other needs. (That's why many nations are called banana republics) And not 10 years, nor 100 will change that although a mass miscegenation-as is occurring, might help. btw, I would love to leave, I have some responsibilities that for the mom...

Joe12 | 15 May 2016 - 17:15:44

Christy..."Progress may be slow, but it is certain. The growing pains guaranteed for at least another 10 New Years. But patience perforce, as with all things, time shall come to pass, and those who can frame challenges as opportunities, and loss as gain, will be better off in the end." Editorial, PN, 1 January 2016. In other words Rome wasn't built in a day. In the words of another c...

Christy Sweet | 12 May 2016 - 10:01:22

Welcome to the future, where water is a commodity and the procurement of it will be detrimental. Now everyone go burn off some more watershed forest and make sure to dump a lot of plastic so it can clog up waterways.  Thailand is not a place to make  a life in, for the future does not exist within the culture. Plan accordingly.

Christy Sweet | 12 May 2016 - 08:05:22

What I notice from the water trucks in my neighborhood is they leave a thick layer of  wet mud on the road which is a hazard, especially to motorcyclists.

paulspring | 11 May 2016 - 21:21:48

I have to drive up and down that road every day and have seen at times more than 25 trucks waiting to fill up. The residents had to put up with these trucks for years and we were very happy when the road was repaired a few months ago. But recently as can be see it has been totally destroyed again by the trucks. The only other road into the area is a single track road and water trucks from a well k...

Kurt | 11 May 2016 - 15:02:52

Good action of the Mayor.
Normally road pavement setting is such that a certain weight level of cars/trucks are included/estimated.

These water tankers carry always more than 7-10 tons of water. Quite a weight, exclusive the weight of the truck.

Roads need to be designed/constructed accordingly. 
Simple issue.

As many water wells are not providing water anymore this time, more water tan...

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