THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Phuket Opinion: Lights out again in Phuket

Phuket Opinion: Lights out again in Phuket

PHUKET: It’s 10pm and the The Phuket News’ editorial office is still abuzz with activity as we try to close an issue of the paper a day earlier than usual.

constructioneconomicstourismtechnology
By The Phuket News

Sunday 11 December 2016, 09:00AM


Power outages with little to no warning are not likely to lure any major investors in the Smart City project anytime soon. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Power outages with little to no warning are not likely to lure any major investors in the Smart City project anytime soon. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Why you might ask? Well, because at lunchtime today, after hearing the jack-hammering of a construction crew a few doors down, a friendly announcement from our venerable electricity supplier blared out of a passing pick up truck’s loudspeakers. The announcement was something to the effect of, “Your power will be out tomorrow from 9am until 4pm.”

It makes one wonder how long the boffins at the electricity company have been planning this little bit of work. Did they just wake up this morning and proclaim, “Tomorrow we are going to install those new power lines in Kathu.” It certainly seems like this must be the case, otherwise, surely they would have given businesses affected by the outage several days, if not weeks, to prepare? Almost the exact same thing happened not two weeks ago with our internet provider.

With these examples to go on, one can only take with a rather large grain of salt announcements about Phuket being tapped on the shoulder to be the next regional “Smart City”. What international IT company is going to be beating a path to our island’s door to set up their next regional hub if such un-notified outages of essential services are a routine occurrence?

Laguna Golf Phuket

Year after year The Phuket News reports on water shortages in the dry season, attempts to cut lifeguard funding and government construction projects going years over budget. And year after year we hear whimsical proclamations of new infrastructure projects and creating “Smart Cities”. Do these officials even live on the same island as us? Do they not see that even the very basic existing infrastructure of the island is woefully inadequate to deal with our ever-expanding urban footprint and population increase?

We need to encourage our government to get back to basics, to put a moratorium on building new condos, hotels and housing developments. Then look closely at the existing infrastructure of the island and start planning for the future.

It seems this kind of thinking should be native to island communities, who can see only too well the limited space and resources they have to exploit. Sadly, the idea of rationally planning for the future and laying the groundwork for future success is all but absent from Phuket.  

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Aachen | 11 December 2016 - 09:50:39

Maybe a USV or a generator would be useful in Thailand for business? I use USV for Computer and network.

Kurt | 11 December 2016 - 09:45:27

A great PN Opinion article.
Yes, 2 weeks ago a day a internet blackout without warning.
At TOT office no one was answering the phone.
I went to TOT office myself, learned also TOT office had no internet, and the info balie ladies were knitting!
I asked why they not answer the phone calls or asked TrueVision to let the info roll over the TV screen.
Answer:..."Oh, no need, tonight internet...

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Patong fire destroys 12 shops, causes more than B1mn in damage

Of course, electrical short circuits. That is always the case, same like that 'killing pole'...(Read More)


Japan resumes commercial whaling for first time in 30 years

"Long live the Japanese whaling industry".Capt.Ahab is right !For the sake of saving or cr...(Read More)


Powerful motorcycles to face tougher regulations

What a joke !!! Try improving your stupid & what appear to non existent helmet laws in the first...(Read More)


Japan resumes commercial whaling for first time in 30 years

Long Live The Japanese Whaling Industry ! Greens Cost Jobs & The Only True Wilderness is Betwe...(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

Agree this is not on. The poor animal can't be blamed for doing what comes naturally. But the pu...(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

freaking out people running around angry with long knife or any other weapon should not be accepted....(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

I would like to volunteer,-giving this deranged POS exactly the same treatment !...(Read More)


Running Empty: Water officials to splash B277mn on private sources as reservoirs fail to fill

A lot of water contract talks ( including 30% arrangements?). However, that will not grand Phuket wa...(Read More)


Running Empty: Water officials to splash B277mn on private sources as reservoirs fail to fill

Bang Wad water reservoir is ready for making it a beginners drive for golf players. The grass just n...(Read More)


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Second Phuket water crisis? ’Peace walk’ monk returns! Dangerously sweet! || July 12

No, not a second water crisis. Phuket still remains in it's 'first' water crisis, as not...(Read More)