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Work on Phuket’s B800mn Surin Beach park to start next month

PHUKET: Work on the new Rajabhakti Park to be built at Surin Beach will start in October, with a total budgeted cost of the project slated to reach B800 million, Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat confirmed today (Sept 20).

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Tuesday 20 September 2016, 01:57PM


“The total cost of construction of Rajabhakti Park will be more than B800 million,” V/Gov Chokdee told The Phuket News.

“The project was proposed to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday (Sept 16). Next, we will submit the proposal to Cabinet for approval,” he said.

Meanwhile, parts of the project will go ahead next month, V/Gov Chokdee confirmed.

“All the plans were finalised two weeks ago. Three phases will start in October, with the construction of a fence, a parking lot with a small garden and breakwater to begin,” he said.

The initial three projects will be carried out by three different local authorities, V/Gov Chokdee explained.

“The fence will be built by the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) with a budget of B8 million, the parking lot with a small garden will be built by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) with a budget of B17million, and the breakwater will be built by the Phuket office of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning with a budget of B38 million,” he said.

“The entire area that will be turned into a public park covers nearly 200 rai,” V/Gov Chokdee told The Phuket News.

“At least 50 rai will be transformed into a botanical garden and the rest will include a museum, monuments and other attractions,” he said.

The monuments are to comprise seven statues honouring past Thai kings from the Sukhothai period to the current royal house of Chakri, as featured at the original the Rajabhakti Park built at Hua Hin last year.

The finalised plans were unveiled at a meeting last Wednesday (Sept 14), V/Gov Chokdee explained.

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“Surin Beach’s development into a park is in progress, including the acquisition of the budget and the final plans for the park to be developed into seven zones,” he said.

“We want this new park to be a place to honour Their Majesties The King and Queen because HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit visited Surin Beach in 1959,” he said.

“The central government has set a policy to organise Phuket beaches under the plan ‘Phuket Beach Model’, so after the demolition of the structures along Surin Beach, we decided to preserve the area and develop it into a park.

“The park will become a centre of education for the public to learn more about Royal projects. The park will house a museum featuring historical photography of Royal family members during their visits to Phuket and also a learning centre for sailing, which is the favourite watersport of HM The King,” he said.

“This will be a new historical tourism attraction for Phuket which will become another tourism destination, a place to help generate income to the island” V/Gov Chokdee said.

V/Gov Chokdee said he was unable to confirm any scheduled completion date for the project. “I can’t confirm this until the construction contacts have been signed,” he said.

“There are a lot of different things to do involving several different offices in Phuket, as well as the private sector. This will take time,” he added.

V/Gov Chokdee declined to expand on any further details about the park.

“Let’s follow up later,” he said.

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 22 September 2016 - 12:39:36

Thanks, Kurt. 800 mil baht is $ 24 million USD an ABSURD expenditure- There is just no hope for Phuket, or Thailand, nothing has changed, nor will it- just the pockets rotated a bit but the same guy wearing the pants.

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Kurt | 22 September 2016 - 11:30:47

well, Surprised Wolf. It must cost a bit in order to shuffle 30% away. ( advice, suggestions, etc, etc, but not corruption)

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Surprised Wolf | 22 September 2016 - 10:51:17

800,000,000 thb? For a park? Wow... must be golden flowers. Or lots of corruption money. That's our money, the money Thai people and residents pay in taxes. Thieves, that is.

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Kurt | 21 September 2016 - 09:52:27

Christy Sweet, a great comment you wrote. That is my thinking as well. 
Only you are better to express it. Well, I did try it. anyway.  :-)

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Kurt | 21 September 2016 - 09:44:45

swerve: get your act together. 
ozymandious is a nick name of a person who writes comments here. Read it first before reacting towards me.
As I told you, read more of others, don't get obsessed by my comments only.

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swerv | 21 September 2016 - 08:09:30

Kurt: Toilet/shower/changing facilities, ozymandious?
Ozymandious is a poem.

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Kurt | 21 September 2016 - 07:59:54

So there is a budget for building, including 'commissions'.
..."Many different Phuket offices, as well the private sector involved"...

But now,.. is there also a budget for maintenance and upkeeping of this huge project for many years to come after construction/building has been completed?
Which government body is assigned for that?

A project at sea site, strong winds, salty air, monsoon storms, to honor King and Queen, needs a lot of care and maintenance to keep it up.

And: a Botanical garden right at sea site? Who did the 'thinking' about this?

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Christy Sweet | 21 September 2016 - 07:51:27

Any tax revenue generated will be a fraction of could have  been had the local govt been capable of administrating the vibrant beach clubs and restaurants which drew in the oh so desirable high end tourists- who will not be traveling to Phuket to go to museums no matter how  lofty the subject matter.  Time and time again, these sorts of projects illustrate my convictions there really is something lacking  in this culture regarding logical thought processing. 
My prediction, buildings  will be covered in mold within a year, fall into disrepair after next monsoon season pounds away, and go the way of all the other projects that are all about lining  pockets, not serving a public need.

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Belzybob | 20 September 2016 - 17:07:26

Any truth in the rumour that Joe has scored the beach chair concession?

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Kurt | 20 September 2016 - 16:14:17

Bingo! Another B800 million sinking in a beach project?
Who Thai do benefit from it? 
Thai not like beaches, only to work there with their small business and make big money. ( not paying taxes)

Toilet/shower/changing facilities, ozymandious?
Wel that are 21st century things.
Phuket ( exept patong) is not yet ready for that.
Many years ago Rawai Obor Tor 'built' 2 shower heads  at Naiharn beach, it got a nice 'budget' for that!!!!
However, may you don't believe it but check it out, no water piping was installed ( was in the budget).
Guess Rawai Obor Tor after all felt shocked by being to progressive to provide Naiharn beach such facilities.

They were very much in for a film museum at Nahairn beach last year.
It is all about corruption, money making, get a budget, and steal a percentage of it.
The result? 2 Naiharn shower heads at the beach are many years now standing there high and dry.
We not yet talk about a decent clean toilet unit.
Every body pee in the see or in the bushes.
Naiharn beach 2016.

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