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PPAO seeks B21mn for COVID support, B14mn for tourist attractions

PPAO seeks B21mn for COVID support, B14mn for tourist attractions

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) council has agreed to request B21 million to develop COVID-support services at the Phuket Provincial Hospital and a further B14mn to develop the Promthep Cape ‘skywalk’ and the ‘glass terrace’ viewpoint project at Surin beach.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 14 August 2021, 09:30AM

The news came at the PPAO Council budget meeting on Wednesday (Aug 11) chaired by PPAO Council Chairman Hat Katanchareekul, where it was agreed to request a total budget of B999 million for the fiscal year 2022.

Present at the meeting were PPAO President Rewat Areerob, council members and other officials.

Mr Rawat revealed after the meeting that the PPAO needs to transfer B39,522,838 from the budget allocated this year to fiscal 2022, which begins on Oct 1.

The B39mn has been earmarked for ‘new investment’ projects in the next fiscal year, including B25,315,000 to be spent on construction of a residential building for PPAO officers, he said. 

“The amount of B7,890,750 is to be spent on the design and other actions for the skywalk at Promthep Cape in Rawai, and B6,313,088 is to be spent on the glass terrace at Surin Beach in Cherng Talay,” he said.

A further B40,130,000 will be spent on projects presented by the PPAO’s Public Health Department and the Transport Department, he added.


“The Public Health Department needs at total B21.13mn for their projects,,” Mr Rewat explained.

B9.95mn is to be spent on construction of a ‘multifunctional building’ at Phuket Provincial Hospital (locally called the ‘OrBorJor Hospital’). The PPAO owns the buildings and the site the hospital stands on, but the services provided by the hospital are provided by the Thonburi Hospital group.

“A budget of B9.9mn [is needed] for the development of intensive care units (ICU) and negative pressure rooms, and B40,000 for the development of the building for persons under investigation (PUI),” Mr Rewat added.

B1.24mn is to be spent on developing a ‘1669 Emergency Center’, he noted. The 1669 hotline is the national emergency number specifically for emergency medical services coordinated nationwide by the Narenthorn EMS Center.

“The Transport Department [of the PPAO] needs B19mn budget for development of piers across the island,” Mr Rewat said.

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Timothy | 15 August 2021 - 15:03:15

Don't worry about the giant sewer pipes on Surin Beach dumping the infamous "black water" every year. Don't worry about the lack of toilet or shower facilities. Don't worry about the lack of parking or the wasteland in front of the beach. Don't worry about providing even a few trash bins or regular cleaning. What we really needed is a Glass Terrace. "World class"...

Kurt | 15 August 2021 - 11:38:31

... + food/drink facilities. Because of the salty air conditions the glass must be cleaned twice a day. Well, cleaning is not strongest doing here, so a glass thing will deteriorate in less than 2 years. Gone the money what can be spend better than given to 'budget-runners' who see their 30% shuffle already shining.

Kurt | 15 August 2021 - 11:29:04

Are we told just now that the Government plans to spoil and make present beautiful Promthep Cape a ugly place? What 'skywalk'? Is enjoying walking high level presently not enough?  Poor Promthep Cape, going to loose present charm and going to be ugly if 'budget-runners'  get their chance. Surin Beach? They should make it  a normal clean beach with sanitation facilities + food/ drin...

SEC2 | 15 August 2021 - 08:08:05

What is the Promthep Cape ‘skywalk’ and the ‘glass terrace’ viewpoint project at Surin beach?   Never heard of them.  And does Phuket really need two new tourist attractions right now?

Nasa12 | 14 August 2021 - 10:44:43

Why taxpayers pay for official residential building, that have salery like everyone else,but stay free. What are the cost for tax payers every year on this free living. 


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