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Public invited to donate for alternative Kathu-Patong road

Public invited to donate for alternative Kathu-Patong road

PHUKET: Thai nationals and Phuket expats alike have been invited to support the construction of an alternative road up the Kathu side of Patong Hill from Patong Go-Kart to the Chao Pho Suea Shrine. When finished, the route is expected to facilitate traveling to Patong and back while the main road is being repaired.

By The Phuket News

Friday 4 November 2022, 04:43PM

The appeal for donations was initially posted on Patong Development Foundation’s Facebook page last week and today (Nov 4) received some noteable support by being shared by Phuket Info Center, a Facebook page operated by the Phuket Governor’s Office and used for important public announcements. 

“Because this land is owned by the private sector, not by the government, the government’s money cannot be used to repair or build this road. Therefore, the private sector asks for donations for the construction of the road to facilitate travel for people and tourists,” the Patong Development Foundation said in its publication in English.

Donations for the construction of the alternative route to the top of Patong Hill can be sent directly into the foundations’ bank account. Details are as follows:

  • Account Name : Foundation Patong Development
  • Account No. 837-0-18479-0 (Krungthai Bank)

The Patong Development Foundation, founded by Patong prominent business person Preechawude ‘Prab’ Keesin, has already itself donated B300,000 to the government to facilitate the creation of the alternative road (read here). 

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 alternative route should start from behind the Patong Go-Kart Speedway on Phra Barami Rd in Kathu and go up to the Chao Pho Suea Shrine at the top of the hill. 

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The road will be about 2.5 kilometres long. Construction is expected to be completed within two weeks. Then the road will be open for public use, though at least part of it will be running through privately owned land. 

“We are now entering the high season, when businesses in the Patong area and the local economy are expected to be active again after having to stagnate until the town almost became abandoned during the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Preechawude said, explaining his reasons.

“Patong can’t miss this opportunity. This year’s high season is everyone’s hope. This alternate road is like seizing an ‘opportunity’ that is slipping away, to get it back into our hands again,” he added.

Mr Preechawude became the first prominent business figure to publicly draw attention to the possible threats to the future of Patong’s economic recovery after the collapse of the main road over Patong Hill on Oct 19 (read here).

As of Nov 4, only motorcycles were allowed to travel to Patong from Kathu past the damaged section of the road. All cars, vans, buses, and trucks had to go either through Karon or through Kamala with both routes suffering from heavy traffic congestions (read here).

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Kurt | 06 November 2022 - 11:20:31

@Tompa52, let us not talk about a not started tunnel project. First things first.  Finish repairs Kata Hill Rd, Patong Hill Rd, construction permanent Chalong-Patong Rd, and of course that private Keesin Kathu-Patong Rd. Make Patong-Kamala Rd and ByPass Rd stable. Enough work on hands now.

Timothy | 06 November 2022 - 11:16:42

Dek, I think it's important to let people know the full story of Prab Keesin. Unless readers were here when those investigations were going on, how would they know just how corrupt the Keesin family is? Especially in light of the fact he is asking people for donations! You go ahead and send him some money though....such a worthy cause and all. 

DeKaaskopp | 06 November 2022 - 10:46:40

@Timothy   If there are already so many articles about that person as you say , why do you want to see another one written about him ? Are you obsessed with that person ?

Timothy | 06 November 2022 - 10:06:10

Dek, there are many articles that could be Patched together to inform people of Khun Prab's background. One in the BKK Post has a headline: 'Phuket mafia head suspect dies'...another calls Pian the 'Accused mobster' ...another calls him 'Mob Kingpin'. There are many to choose from.  The investigation should not have stopped. Prab is running that business as usual.  

Tompa52 | 06 November 2022 - 08:30:58

When is the tunnel ready?

Capricornball | 05 November 2022 - 20:49:44

So "Prab the Benevolent" wants the public to help pay for his personal vice pipeline on his land (however that was acquired) so people can get to his businesses. I'm sure everyone is lining up and clogging the donation hotlines. So the disgustingly wealthy Prab and his animal abusing friend chipped in about $16,000 USD, which is probably a fraction of what his ladies make him in a ni...

DeKaaskopp | 05 November 2022 - 16:03:12

@Timothy    Regarding your proposed article .Do you want to see that the PN goes out of business ? Maybe with all your knowledge about Prab'
s father , you could write the article by yourself and publish it as a guest writer for the PN.  Signed with your full name and address. How about that ?

DeKaaskopp | 05 November 2022 - 15:58:49

People can think whatever they want about Mr.Keesin. At least he come up with a quick solution that will benefit many people. Not only his own businesses. 

Prab | 05 November 2022 - 15:02:27

Dear Editor,
that great to know so please keep writing and expose this farce until on the upper house get it...appreciated 

Kamala Pete | 05 November 2022 - 12:32:39

So where exactly is the 300K now? Properly credited to a government account? In someone's back pocket? In an account in the Caymans? Can we see the receipt please?

Timothy | 05 November 2022 - 11:27:04

Dear Editor, could you please write an article on Prab's father. He was the most corrupt individual in Phuket. Prab worked with him hand in hand as taxi mafia head. His father was being investigated for his many crimes. A lot of evidence was found in his safe I believe. He allegedly slipped, fell and died. Why did the investigation stop? Prab still runs his illegal empire. 

Prab | 05 November 2022 - 10:29:52

@Kurt, the silence fee is the one we dont know, probably a few more zero on the public declared one.. . for the Governor this is a real shame, and so all the state employee... the fact that even PN make an article ( probably sponsored by the scion himself) is shaame for any officials seating in power position  [not sponsored, thanks - Ed]

christysweet | 05 November 2022 - 09:55:56

The govt could evoke eminent domain and purchase for  median price- so  who is the coddled landowner is the next question.  

JohnC | 05 November 2022 - 09:15:36

555555555555555555. I can't stop laughing. Who in their right mind would even consider supporting this attempt by the Patong corruption king to get his own road for his the benefit of animal abuse centre.

Kurt | 05 November 2022 - 01:00:25

I also have a urge about something important to establish. Where can I drop a  significant donation to bypass the Phuket Government laws/regulations to go ahead with it and not get disturbed by Government and keep them quiet? Is itn't fantastic we have such opportunity here on Phuket?

Kurt | 05 November 2022 - 00:48:35

Is it now not time 4 Governors go to sit together behind a table for a statement and photo session to explain what is going on, explain the Phuket Government position in this affair? Seems now anyone can start construct roads without passing proper license/certification channels. It seems to cost just THB 300,000 'silence fee' to go around the laws and do what you want on Phuket.

Fascinated | 04 November 2022 - 19:07:24

Just wait for the 'Toll' Booths! Pay or get beat up.

Fascinated | 04 November 2022 - 19:05:44

Hahaha, so Prab's 'generosity' reveals its true colours! 'Development Association' my backside. If the Gov't is not funding the road why was 300k 'donated' to the Gov't?  'Slippery' and 'hands' are very appropriate words for an article associated with the 'Scion'. He has NO shame. Follow the money!

Old guy | 04 November 2022 - 17:48:15

Completely absurd!
Thailand has billions of dollars of wealth and won't spend it on a public works projects that benefits its citizen's livelihood?
They said it's due to some private land.  Hogwash! 
The government acquires private land for government use constantly.


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