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New Bangla drain flaps to end wastewater stench: Patong Mayor

New Bangla drain flaps to end wastewater stench: Patong Mayor

PHUKET: The major project to upgrade the drains that run under Bangla Rd in Patong, which has been under lockdown since April 3, have been installed with flaps on the drain grates in the hope to putting an end to the stench that has become a renowned aspect of walking along the famous street.

By Chutharat Plerin

Thursday 25 June 2020, 05:22PM

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup explained to The Phuket News’ Thai-language sister newspaper Khao Phuket that Patong Municipality is rushing to complete the project.

“We spent a budget of around B4.3 million on designing and installing the drains, as sometimes wastewater makes a bad smell along the drains, affecting Patong’s tourism image,” Mayor Chalermluck said today (June 25).

“We installed flaps under the drain covers in order to prevent the smell from coming out of the drains. The flaps will be normally closed to protect against the smell, but they will open when it rains to let rainwater flow down,” she explained.

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“From our initial checks, they work very well. There was no smell from the drain. However, we have to check again when tourists come to know whether they work effectively or not,” Mayor Chalermluck said.

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Kurt | 27 June 2020 - 10:08:09

How long will these stench flaps function without maintenance? They need to kept clean and their hinges oiled.  Otherwise after a short while they remain open ( stench) or closed (street flooding).  I foresee not a long life of these flaps.

r u sure | 26 June 2020 - 13:27:56

Jay re-education for what jobs? Factories are already relocating because of high labour costs. Oh ,and BTW from which dictionary or grammar do you get "should of?"

megamind | 26 June 2020 - 11:22:38

perhaps he did not see how the work was done. alongside the new hatches there are other holes where the smell can come out freely .. another masterpiece of high Thai engineering at absurd costs

Kurt | 26 June 2020 - 10:16:05

If one's calculation is right, than 12,000 thb per meter drain renovation is worth a visit. The new drain must be gold plated and have pearl decorations down there. Question, is the Bangla Rd drain water still getting funneled into that pipe line that release it's flow in the middle of Patong Bay?

Rorri_2 | 26 June 2020 - 07:55:37

Hahahaa, does anyone see  a slip.trip hazard and another obstacle for able and disabled people to negotiate. PN, raise this issue with those involved, I would like to see their answer, perhaps better to inclose the drain and install vent pipes.

jay67 | 26 June 2020 - 06:32:46

Should of left the stink as its duly related to the business practices in Thailands red light districts.
No sense in trying to beautify red light districts. 
Waste of taxpayer money.
Thailand, it's time to change the reputation this beautiful country deserves. 
4 million baht should of been used for reeducation and creating jobs for some of the millions presently unemployed.

Fascinated | 25 June 2020 - 20:37:51

How is 4.3 million 'nearly 5 million' it falls well short? 4.3m for 350m of drains and 'flaps' beggars belief. That's 12000 baht a meter! Someone must be happy.

vegasbaby | 25 June 2020 - 19:24:41

So instead of solving the problem of raw sewage flowing into the sea untreated, flaps will stop the smell only.  It won't work, waste of time and money.  Typical political response-put lipstick on a pig to make it sexy.

LALALA | 25 June 2020 - 18:58:14

Thainess at its best and one of the reason why I hate this country. Instead of preventing sewage to run into the drain they installing flaps to get rid of the smell. And the drain leads where ? This is ridiculous and 3rd world standard. They really have no clue about anything. Everywhere you look behind the facade in LOS you only see BS.


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