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Surin Beach sea wall project sunk by Phuket residents

Surin Beach sea wall project sunk by Phuket residents

PHUKET: An attempt by Cherng Talay Tambon Administration (OrBorTor) Chief MaAnn Samran to refloat a project to build a sea wall on Surin Beach to prevent beach erosion was sunk by strong opposition among local residents at a public meeting yesterday (Feb 24).

By Khunanya Wanchanwet

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 01:03PM

The project was launched in 2017, and a budget of B19.1 million had already been approved and received by the OrBorTor in order to proceed with construction.

However, strong opposition against the sea wall flared up time and again (see stories here and here), and was even cited in complaints of alleged corruption filed against Ma-Ann in June last year (see story here.).

“The purpose of the sea wall was to solve the problem of seawater erosion. This project was suspended in 2017, and returned this year, but we wanted to know local people’ s opinions in order to find the best solution,” Mr MaAnn told The Phuket News after the public meeting at OrBorTor offices yesterday afternoon.

“All village heads in the Cherng Talay OrBorTor area as well as local residents and business operators were invited to attend the meeting to share their ideas,” he added.

Mr MaAnn received his answer loud and clear yesterday.

“From the meeting, it can be concluded that the local people don’t want the seawall,” he admitted to The Phuket News.

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The B19.1 million budget already received by the OrBorTor for the project will now be spent on other projects, Mr MaAnn confirmed.

“We will spend the project budget on something else, such as building fences near the beach, improving the parking lot and making changes to the Cheng Talay public park located near the beach,” he said.

“The projects were approved by people at the meeting,” he added.

“After this, Cherng Talay OrBorTor will draft the plans for the projects agreed at the meeting and present them to the Phuket Governor for consideration.

“We hope to the projects will be approved and we are able to start them before September,” Mr MaAnn said.

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Kurt | 27 February 2020 - 18:21:34

Shuffling Surin sands means money sniffing for local officials. It is simply corruption with closed books.

Island Man | 27 February 2020 - 07:39:48

I haven't been to Surin Beach in a couple of years. The last time I visited I was aghast at the crumbling condition of the Temple in the parking lot. Part of that money could go to a restoration project for the Temple with the remainder being returned to the government. Pie in the sky, I know.  

9653 | 26 February 2020 - 09:44:28

...power to the people!
Now all that sand has to be returned, where it belongs!  555

BigA | 26 February 2020 - 08:59:30

Let split the money and have a  big Party

Kurt | 25 February 2020 - 20:05:01

Great manoeuvres. There is a lot of money available mend for a project that is not going to happen. That budget should be returned to central government.  Not being used by mr MaAnn for other private hobbies. More than 19 Million just partly for improving a parking lot?Here I smell plain misuse of government funds.

Capricornball | 25 February 2020 - 17:09:28

Thanks to the local Surin community for squashing this horrendous project. It seems like the most important thing to the OrBorTor is getting their hands on the B19.1 million budget. Now that he can't destroy the beach with the dam, now he can waste it on a bunch of other unnecessary crap instead of putting it to good use. When is he up for re-election?

Fascinated | 25 February 2020 - 15:45:07

I'd like to see the books on this with a certain finger in the pie.

BosysurfNaiHarn | 25 February 2020 - 14:37:26

Why not just leave it alone? 

CaptainJack69 | 25 February 2020 - 13:51:17

Maybe the funds can be used to pay cleaners to pick up all the rubbish down there.


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