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Thai Army targets car, bike rentals hijacking Phuket beach parking spaces

PHUKET: The deputy commander of the Royal Thai Army’s main base in Southern Thailand has fired a warning shot at car and motorbike rental operators hijacking public parking areas at Phuket beaches.

By The Phuket News

Friday 10 February 2017, 06:07PM

Maj Gen Pornsak Poonsawat, Deputy Commander of the Army Region 4 base in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, which is responsible for all of Southern Thailand, inspected Patong Beach yesterday afternoon (Feb 9) with Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup.

“Rental vehicle operators and taxi drivers must park somewhere else. Lots of tourists visit Patong Beach, especially during the (tourism) high season. We need to take of of their needs,” Gen Pornsak said.

“The car park spaces are for the public, not for private business,” he added.

Gen Pornsak suggested setting up parking specifically for taxis and car and motorbike rentals and charging them fees for using them.

“Meanwhile, we have yellow lines and signs marking which areas are for public parking. If anyone breaks the rules, they must be caught – and the Phuket Provincial Office must be held responsible for taking action against those who break the rules,” he said.

Explaining the brown sea water immediately off Patong Beach 50 metres to the south of Bangla Rd, while tourists walked along the sand but not in the water, Ms Chalermluck said, “That is from a plankton bloom as there is too much nitrogen and phosphorus in the sea water.

“We believe the elevated levels of phosphate came from water discharged by washing machines that has found its way into the bay,” Mayor Chalermluck added.

“We will talk with laundry operators and tell them that they must discharge their wastewater into the municipal drains provided.

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“We are also thinking about growing hyacinth in Klong Pak Bang to absorb nitrogen. However we need to check first if the water in the area is suitable to grow it or not,” she added.

Klong Pak Bang is Patong’s only public waterway. It starts from the base of the foothills at the north end of the town near Wat Patong and winds its way through Patong to empty into the bay at the southern end of the beach.

However, water hyacinth grows naturally in every canal in the country. It is a weed that grows so quickly that other municipalities throughout Thailand – and as close to Patong as Phuket Town – have to regularly remove it to allow water flow.

For some reason Ms Chalermluck has yet to explain, water hyacinth will not grow in Klong Pak Bang.

Meanwhile, Nattakrit Polapetch, a technical specialist at the Phuket Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office said, “Plankton blooms do not happen very often and will dissipate after one or two weeks.

“However, plankton blooms may return if the water contains high levels of organic matter, so the best solution to this problem is counter it with a water-treatment facility,” he added.

– Benyada Sungyai



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bustermanidogs | 12 February 2017 - 15:13:31

Wow this general is so brave, everyone in Thailand should feel so much safer now that the army are targeting such dangerous activities! How about, General, you target the jetski mafia instead? They cause death and injury regularly, or is the army too scared to tackle the real issue? Only cowards pick easy targets for a properganda image. Do something real, why are no businesses allowed on the beac...

Jeff Williams | 11 February 2017 - 18:12:01

Good to see the authorities here are realising that tourists are members of the public, entitled to park in public places and should not be intimidated into not parking somewhere by some territorial tuk tuk taxi driver.  I think the army and the mayor will already find there is an illegal tuk tuk only parking zone outside Number 6 restaurant in Patong.

The problem with the canal is quite a simp...

Kurt | 11 February 2017 - 09:52:45

The army doing police work? Why?
Answer: Because the Phuket police is not doing her job.
Oh wait: The police is busy to go around and warned tuk tuk drivers when the army is coming to do a police job.  :-)

And, bloom-nloom-bloom. Yes yes.
It is just poo, urine and a dirty flow of waste water from the crowing number of accomodations, restaurants and laundries, waste water what not go through ...

Nasa123 | 11 February 2017 - 07:10:32

And take the Jet-Ski,car,trailers some parking on the sand on every beach in Phuket this it`s very Illegal, 50.000 Bath in Ticket fore every wrong doing++ and up small money fore this scammers.

BenPendejo | 10 February 2017 - 23:27:31

Blah-di-blah-di-Blah.  Silly Gen Pornsak, parking is for greedy Thai businesses and tuktuk scum...not stupid farang.  And someone...please...tell the Mayor to just stay in her office and stop commenting on issues that she has little to no understanding (water quality issues, among other things).

eric dekegel | 10 February 2017 - 21:51:10

If this big brain should first solve the beach problems and think about the needs of the people who pay his salary  it should be better.
Priorities in Phuket nobody knows the meaning!
Another interesting point who was this week in this newspaper the price of the fines, in cherng talay its to count easy 1 price for everything 500 baht!In Kamala they can speak with tourists and give warnings and f...

Farangswed | 10 February 2017 - 18:40:34

Wery good work &  if you not tell police U coming to Patong & make razzia   maybe you can catch more 
I See police go & warn people before the razzia. :'(

& ask also why only 2 place of traffic lights in Use.?? 
I think tourist want to have traffic lights so they can feel little more safe then crossing 

Good work continues I wish 

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