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Donations sought for Phuket road project completion

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PHUKET TOWN: Wichit Municipality is seeking donations to help build a new house for a family of squatters who are holding up completion of a new road running behind Darasamuth School.

Wichit Mayor Kreetar Saetan told the Gazette the municipality currently lacks the funds to build a new home for Chamnan Rungklin and his family, even though they already have a nearby plot of land earmarked for the project.

When he settled in the area over 20 years ago, Mr Chamnan signed a contract with Muang District Office agreeing to vacate the land without complaint if it were ever needed for the public good.

But now that the time has come, he and his family have no place to go and their continued presence near the school’s back parking lot is holding up completion of a 550-meter road that would allow direct access to the school from the bypass road.

Mayor Kreetar said Wichit Municipality is now accepting donations to help to build a new home for the family.

“We have requested a budget, but the approval process will take time and we would like to begin work right away. We would appreciate donations of concrete blocks and other building materials so we can get started,” he said.

The new house would be built on another plot of Wichit Municipality land just 20 meters away from the existing home. This would allow the family to remain in the same neighborhood, which is located off Ekwahnit Rd behind Surakul Stadium.

“The municipality found a site in the same area that is currently being used as a tool shed and storage area. The owner just stores his things there and doesn’t live in the area, so we negotiated with him to move his things out,” Mayor Kreetar said.

Kumron Lilern, a civil engineer with the Wichit Municipality construction division, said the town plans to build two small houses for the family on the 100-square-meter plot at a cost of about 200,000 baht. Each will comprise one main room and a bathroom, large enough for all five family members, he said.

Mr Chamnan, speaking from Bangkok where he is currently on vacation, told the Gazette he hadn’t spoken to municipal officials since December.

“If they can build a new house for me in a way that doesn’t create problems with other people, then I will have no problems with it,” he said.

“But they should consider that I have a van too and I will need a place to park it,” he said.

Anyone wishing to donate money to help fund construction can contact Wichit Municipality at 076-525100.

— Sitthipong Nongkaew

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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