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Officials splash B113mn on Phuket flood-prevention works

Officials splash B113mn on Phuket flood-prevention works

PHUKET: Phuket provincial officials will spend B113 million on public works projects aimed at preventing and alleviating damage caused by floods.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 17 December 2022, 01:24PM

The news was announced at a meeting of the Phuket Phuket Water Resources Sub-Committee at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Dec 16), chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Pinsuwan.

The money will be spent on seven projects, all to be carried out by the Phuket Provincial Office of the Public Works and Town & Country Planning, said an official report of the meeting.

The projects include construction of a retaining wall along each side of the Bang Yai Canal to prevent flooding in the Phuket Old Town area. The two retaining walls were tabled as two separate projects with a budget of B25mn each.

A flood-prevention system for communities along the Tha Kraeng Canal, on the south side of Phuket Town, was tabled with a budget of B12mn, and construction of a dam to prevent flooding along Klong Chang Phan Lang in koh Kaew was tabled with a budget of B18mn.

Construction of a dam to prevent flooding along the canal beside the Phuket Fishing Port was tabled with a budget of B11mn, and construction of a drainage system along Klong Thalang in Ratsada was tabled with a budget of B22mn.

Internal - Phuket News TV

The funds are being made available under a national push to address major flooding in the country, with a total of B262.34mn to be spent on flood-prevention measures throughout the ‘Andaman Provinces Group’, said the report.

The remaining B149.34mn is to be spent on projects to “increase the efficiency of flood protection in the major tourist attractions of Andaman Provinces Group [area],” the report noted.

Other issues discussed at the meeting yesterday included the “efficiency project” at Bang Neaw Dum Reservoir in Srisoonthorn , the pump station at Baan Khoktanode near Bang Neaw Dum; and a wastewater treatment to produce tap water.

No further details were provided about the three projects.

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Kurt | 19 December 2022 - 06:44:37

See the B113 mn  just as a X-Mas/New Year bonus only for Officials, than you will not become disappointed when experiencing the next year floodings the same or worse as this year and the years before this year.

Prab | 18 December 2022 - 14:02:24

149M thb onus for the seating fat asses doing nothing ut taking picture around... one as to really be greatfull of such donation.. wtf .. 

Timothy | 18 December 2022 - 11:10:03

Over the past 18 years I have read about so many "flood control budgets". The total has to be over a Billion by now....But not a damn thing has changed. If anything, the flooding is worse than ever before. Absolutely no plan. No engineering. No oversight. No follow-up. Just a big budget to blow anyway some  elected official with zero water management education or training decides. 

Capricornball | 17 December 2022 - 16:17:45

Ahhh...the remaining B149 mn will be spent "to increase the efficiency of flood control". Without mention of what this might entail, it seems more like a nice nebulous general budget bag for officials to pilfer while they pay to clean trash out of the drains, which is already part of their job. 


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