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PHUKET: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra dealt a major blow to the Democrat Party yesterday, announcing a multi-billion-baht plan to turn Phuket into the country’s biggest economic and tourism hub over the next five years. The premier has pledged that more than 100 billion baht would be invested in the development program over the next 5-6 years. The Thai Rak Thai Party is using sizeable development promises to sway the loyalty of southern voters from the opposition party. “Forty years ago, Phuket was on a par with Singapore; there was no difference. Today Singapore is further ahead. Phuket has developed, but there are still many poor people,” Thaksin said in an address to 3,000 local residents at the Phuket Arcadia hotel. But he offered few original ideas, most having been floated by the Democrats and other parties many years ago. The government will provide infrastructure and legal amendments to cater to software programmers in order to make Phuket an information-technology hub, Thaksin said. “These experts are expensive, so we want them to stay in Phuket, write software and export to other countries,” he said. Phuket would also become a duty-free city when the issue is finalized with the Customs Department and the details are agreed upon, he announced. Thaksin said the government would put an emphasis on health tourists. “We aim to bring in an additional 20 billion baht in foreign exchange within four years,” he said. Thaksin said he had approved 300 million baht in funding to construct two more water reservoirs for the province, and 29 million to build a six-lane road in Thalang district. The government will also allocate funds to build a convention center and aquarium, he said. Smaller details, such as burying electrical cables underground along all main roads, have also been taken into account, he said. The government also plans to ratify aviation rights to allow large aircraft like Boeing 747s to land at Phuket International Airport, he assured his audience, noting that this would entail lengthening the runway by 700 meters. As for his party’s future, the prime minister appeared confident. “We will serve a full four-year term and will govern for a further four years,’ he announced.



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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