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Royal Forestry Dept approves land for Patong tunnel

Royal Forestry Dept approves land for Patong tunnel

PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Vikrom Jakthee has confirmed that the Royal Forest Department (RFD) has approved usage of the land required for the long-awaited Patong tunnel project.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 8 December 2020, 12:24PM


Phuket Vice Governor Vikrom Jakthee. Photo: PR Phuket

Phuket Vice Governor Vikrom Jakthee. Photo: PR Phuket

V/Gov Vikrom explained at a meeting of the provincial Management of Land Traffic committee last Thursday (Dec 3) that the official approval was granted last Wednesday (Dec 2).

“The Express Authority of Thailand [EXAT] can now work further on the ‘Public Private Partnership’ process [in opening the project to bids],” V/Gov Vikrom said.

“We expect that this project will be proposed to the Cabinet meeting soon, in order to approve EXAT to launch bids for investment in this project before the end 2022.

“The construction of the project is expected to complete and open for the public in 2027,” V/Gov Vikrom said.  

Deputy Government Spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul announced last month that the Cabinet had promised for construction of the Patong Tunnel to start in 2023.

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“As planned, the process of selection for private companies to join the project will take from June 2021 to Jan 2023. The project construction will be from Feb 2023 to Jan 2027, and [the tunnel will] open for service in Feb 2027,” Ms Traisuree said.

EXAT Governor Suchart Chonsakpipat in Phuket in December last year said that he hoped the Patong Tunnel to open by 2026.

However, he pointed that that all the land required still had yet to be acquired from private landowners.

“For this project, the government has to pay landowners B5.792 billion in compensation in order to acquire the land needed, and total construction cost for the project is B8.385bn,” Mr Suchart said.

“The total cost for this project is around B14.177bn,” he said plainly.

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Kurt | 09 December 2020 - 11:16:17

Dek has forgotten that we already saw many sketches of Patong tunnel project. As Tunnel approach roads are air-bridged, not taking much land from land owners I not see why that land taking budget is so big. Who get rich?

Capricornball | 09 December 2020 - 10:55:08

This project is the mother of all boondoggles.  The sheer scope of the project is beyond the available players here. The silly Chalong ditch took years and sucked all the way. This is just another money grab for a chosen few, all at the expense of the average Thai citizen. Hopefully common sense prevails in time, but not likely.

cpfleger | 08 December 2020 - 22:44:50

Bwahahaha... price for the land is much more expensive than the construction of the tunnel. 
I cannot imagine who might be the lucky ones of that project and of course: this is for sure planned only for the public sake. 
*giggle* 
What about investing in other infrastructure? Where maybe everyone might get some advantages out of it? Like energy, water,waste infrastructure, environment protectio

Sir Burr | 08 December 2020 - 19:54:12

In Thailand, ownership of land goes to the centre of the earth. That's why the land-owners have to be paid.

DeKaaskopp | 08 December 2020 - 19:46:48

Jeez Kurt ! Did they provide you the final sketch of the project or how do you know how many land they need ? The usual blablabla again from the center of incompetence.

Galong | 08 December 2020 - 18:31:53

Slow news day?

Kurt | 08 December 2020 - 15:05:55

Why pay landowners? The tunnel will not on their  forest/nature land, but below it.  Don't tell me that these land pieces for tunnel entrances both sides have that value.

Kurt | 08 December 2020 - 14:44:01

Construction of Patong Tunnel will take 4 years only?  Impossible! Not believe it. The short narrow Chalong Underpass took already 5 years. That tunnel construction is of very different caliber.

Fascinated | 08 December 2020 - 12:52:17

Interesting to see who the landowners are. A ridiculous waste of money.

 

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