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Phuket Gov repeats call to solve rubbish, wastewater issues

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has once again urged officials to solve the island’s ongoing rubbish and wastewater problems.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 16 December 2017, 11:28AM

Phuket Governor Norraphat Phlodthong speaks at Thursday's (Dec 14) meeting. Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Norraphat Phlodthong speaks at Thursday's (Dec 14) meeting. Photo: PR Dept

Gov Norraphat’s call came at a seminar held on Thursday (Dec 14) at the Grand Supicha City Hotel in Phuket Town.

Joining him at the seminar were director of Phuket Natural and Environment Resources Natawan Jamlongkard along with more than 90 members of the ‘Phuket Pineapple Eyes Watch Out for Rubbish and Wastewater’ group.
Gov Norraphat said, “Phuket has grown and expand very quickly. Its population is increasing in both registered and non-registered population including workers and tourists. These populations generate income to the local economy.

“On the other hand, these populations also cause more damage to the environment. Most environmental issues are caused by an overwhelming amount of rubbish and also wastewater being released into the sea,” Gov Norraphat explained.

“These problems should be urgently resolved as they are causing damage to our tourism images and destroying Phuket’s beautiful scenery. If this continues this will result in less tourists visiting Phuket and the population income will decrease,” Gov Norraphat noted.

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Mr Natawan said, “Phuket’s natural resources provide many beautiful tourism attractions. The government’s policy is to support tourism in the Andaman provinces. However, each year more tourists are visiting Phuket.

“Phuket launched the ‘Phuket Pineapple Eyes Watch Out for Rubbish and Wastewater’ project, and as part of that project, officials created a Line application group (see story here).

“The line group currently has 353 members including head of government offices, officials and members of the public where government officials and members of the public can share information and photos about pollution around the island,” Mr Natawan explained.

“We want more people to join this group and help this campaign to grow,” he added.



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Christy Sweet | 18 December 2017 - 14:05:25

When the grass is just cut, the entire terrain is revealed as plastic veneered.  Estrogen mimicking BHP molecule in  plastic- why so many  fem-males. 

BenPendejo | 18 December 2017 - 02:45:37

Snore. Why even keep bringing this up? Nothing is being done to make any difference. I saw somebody pull out in front of me on his motorbike with a drink in his hand, and I knew what was going to happen...and it did...just chuck it into the trees. That is what Thais do...throw trash all over, everywhere, all the time. These "calls to action" don't do anything, they're like empty ...

Timothy | 17 December 2017 - 08:47:51

"Wondering why people live here if it's such a messed up place"...So you think it's clean then? You must be blind. There is garbage absolutely everywhere. Maybe we live here because of the natural beauty underneath all the garbage. Sounds like a "local" in denial You probably blame the tourists for the garbage.  

Kurt | 16 December 2017 - 16:57:41

...'Living here', as a expat is fine. Wondering? No wondering.

Considering the expat has his/her own transportation means. Tourists not.
Expats know which beaches are health risky, tourists not.
Expats mostly not use tuk tuks, airport taxis, Vans, they long time already have a transport system 'among themselves', Tourists not.
Expats know were to go on Phuket for meals, drink...

Mika | 16 December 2017 - 15:43:16

Wondering why people live here if it is such a messed up place as they say.

Kurt | 16 December 2017 - 13:48:47

Phuket suffers corruption, absence of normal public transport, waste water flowing over the beaches, the enormous amount of rubbish everywhere.
Also a 'blind' police force. On the road, and allowing fake uniformed police officers going around scamming many more fake tickets for happenings than there are chairs.
A serious problem in a country were is a junta in power which promised reform...

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