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Patong’s new flood drain system to be complete in one week

PHUKET: Work on installing flood drains on Patong’s Soi Nanai are to be complete in one week following nearly a month of delays, Chief engineer of the project Piya Pikulthong confirmed on Sunday (Dec 3).

By Premkamon Ketsara

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 01:28PM

Work on the new drainage system on Soi Nanai will be complete in one week. Photo: Premkamon Ketsara

Work on the new drainage system on Soi Nanai will be complete in one week. Photo: Premkamon Ketsara

Now the construction of the drains has reached its final stage. We are using backhoes to do road resurfacing, then we will install three pipes and finish the road surface,” said Mr Piya.

“After that there will be smoothing of the road surface, which will be transferred to another company. It is expected that it will take about a week until the completion of the whole project,” he added.

From observations made during the construction of the new drainage system, it appears that sand from water run-off from the hills at the back of Patong are not ending up there any more, which is a very good sign,” he said.

The drains feature a sand-trapping system to alleviate sand from water run-offs clogging the drains as has been the case in the past. (See story here).

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup added, “The project was delayed by more than a month, but it was understandable. Now the project is about to be completed.


This new system can trap both sand and water in the case of heavy rainfall. Rain will be trapped in a rainwater retainer before it is gradually drained out through the normal drainage system. There will be no flood problem,” said Mayor Chalermluck.

On Nov 8, Mayor Chalermluck explained, “We had to use a truck to suck the sand out of the drains immediately after each time the rain stopped, and every time we did this it caused huge traffic delays along the road.

“I am very sure these new drains will solve the flood and sand run-off problems in the long term, making it much more convenient for people,” Mayor Chalermluck added.

The new drains are two metres deep and extend for 300 metres along the road in two sections, with a third “spot drain” to catch any floodwaters that run across the middle of the intersection of Nanai Rd and Soi Banzaan.



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Kurt | 05 December 2017 - 19:18:15

So, how the new flood drains are going to function without that sand sucking?
Drain pipes now get blocked by sand a bit further away from Nanai Road?
Hey, sand is sand. Any sand in any drain system effects the operational release of anything.
Tell us more about that sand trapping system. A system what not removes sand?
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Discover Thainess | 05 December 2017 - 14:07:16

A better solution would be to stop construction on the hills of phuket of course, leaving trees intact which naturally hold the hills together. Sadly that won’t happen and the eyesores along with landslides and sand runoff when it rains will continue. 

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