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‘Prab Road’ steams ahead

PHUKET: Construction of the privately built road from near the Patong Go-Kart track in Kathu to the Chao Por Seua Temple (“Tiger Temple”) at the top of Patong Hill is continuing with lightning progress, with contractors hoping to open the road to vehicles as quickly as tomorrow (Nov 15).

By The Phuket News

Monday 14 November 2022, 11:34AM

Contractors reported yesterday (Nov 13) that they had “only 500 metres to go” to complete the road.

“Only two days to go!” they said in a post online.

Work on the three-kilometre road began some two weeks ago, with construction already underway when the project was publicly announced on Nov 1.

The road, about eight metres wide, is constructed with reinforced concrete and complies with the required standards for such concrete roads to be used for the public, the contractors explained in the post yesterday.

The Patong Development Foundation, which is acting as the main coordinating body for the project, confirmed yesterday that as of last Thursday (Nov 10), donations received to complete the road totalled  B2,085,377.52.

Preechawude ‘Prab’ Keesin, head of the Pisona Group of companies in Patong and Founder of the Patong Development Foundation, called for the public to support the project with any small donations people could afford.

The initial budget and land for construction were provided by Tiger Kingdom Phuket and Mr Prab personally as well as other people “through Bangla Road Entertainment Entrepreneurs Club and the Patong Development Foundation”, Mr Preechawude explained.

The call for donations was initially posted on the foundation’s Facebook page and on Nov 4 received notable support by being shared by Phuket Info Center, a Facebook page operated by the Phuket Governor’s Office and used for important public announcements. 

By “inviting all 414,471 registered residents in Phuket” to make a B30 donation, Mr Prab obliquely confirmed that the road is estimated to cost some B12.4 million (B12,434,130).

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Meanwhile, Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO) President Rewat Areerob on Saturday (Nov 12) inspected progress of the road under construction from behind the Klong Kata reservoir in Chalong to 50 Pi Rd in Patong.

Good progress was being made, Mr Rewat said, adding that the easing of heavy rains had allowed work to continue at a good pace.

The project was “approximately 73% complete”, he said.

The owner of a land plot adjacent to the road being built had given permission for workers to expand the road onto the private plot and for earthworks to be conducted on the private land to reduce the risk of a landslide, Mr Rewat said.

When the new road was initially announced, Mr Rewat said the road would be only a “temporary route” for motorists to access Patong.

The work was to take some 15 days, Mr Rewat said on Oct 24.

However, just seven days later, he announced the PPAO’s intention to have the road approved to become “permanent”, despite the road crossing through a protected forest area.

The budget for the construction of the road has yet to be publicly confirmed.

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Kurt | 15 November 2022 - 15:52:32

This road is not mend to serve as a transport road, will serve just some time as a 'pocket filler' for some cronies. Still wait for Phuket Officialdom announcement that the construction through a nature area is legal and certified. People can own land, but can't always do legally with it what they want. Depend on plan description.

Timothy | 15 November 2022 - 10:45:53

That is not steel reinforced concrete. That light-gauge wire mesh isn't going to do any good at all sitting at the bottom of the concrete. Reinforced concrete roads have a continuous grid of 1/2" to 5/8" rebar spaced at 6" on chairs to keep it in the center of the concrete slab. This road is a joke. No proper fill, compaction, or  reinforcement.  

JohnC | 15 November 2022 - 10:06:29

This 'Prab' commenting below sounds like the con man himself further trying to feather his own nest, putting down the official road being built across to Chalong but saying nothing about his own attempt to win a race to save face. Do you want the army to finish your road too? LOL.

JohnC | 15 November 2022 - 10:01:41

We should all have far less faith in Mr Prab's attempt at building a track (can't seriously call it a road) over Patong hill than any other road built on Phuket. He acts like it is a race to be the first one open. Glory seeker only interested in further fattening his already obese pockets and those of a few close cronies. I will avoid it like the plague (or covid).

Prab | 15 November 2022 - 08:02:21

to have the road approved despite crossing a protected forest.... maybe we should call the army once again here.. if they can build it so quick probably they can also clear it as fast if need it...

Kurt | 14 November 2022 - 16:01:00

Will 'Prab Road' get a official safety certification of Phuket Prevention Disaster Dept and PLTO before is allowed to be used? There will be safety quarantee, yes? Are motor insurances going to request that? Or is the thinking not yet that far?

Capricornball | 14 November 2022 - 11:47:43

Insanely steep cuts with no regard for anything other than rushing to finish Prab's vice pipeline. This road will not support heavy vehicles, and I predict that this route is going to be plagued with problems in the no too distant future. Complete circus project designed to benefit a relative handful of people.... like Prab and his crooked cronies.


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