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PHUKET: The Ministry of Interior has rejected Phuket’s plans for some 25 entertainment zones (EZs) scattered across the island, it was announced today. As a result, the province is to put forward a much shorter list of EZs, as follows: Patong: An area stretching 50 meters to the north and 50 meters to the south of the intersection between Thaweewong Rd and Sawasdirak Road; both sides of Soi Bangla, including side alleys up to 100 meters from the center of the road; and Rat-U-Thit Road from 130 meters to the south of the Soi Sainamyen intersection to 100 meters to the south of Soi Bangla. Kata-Karon: An area 100 meters to either side of the center of Tai Nai Rd, for the entire length of the road. Under the new plan, no entertainment zones are proposed for any other part of the island. Jamloeng Tunkasaem, Chief of the Provincial Administration Office, explained, “The Ministry wants to control or prevent the kind of criminal activities associated with the entertainment industry, which is why it wants to have as few EZs as possible. “Therefore, Governor Pongpayome recently met once again with the organizations concerned, to get their contributions to a solution,” K. Jamloeng said. “The new list of areas has been sent to the Ministry of Interior for approval and for the issue of the relevant regulations. Until these regulations are issued, no permits will be issued for new entertainment businesses.” After the meeting, Governor Pongpayome said that officials from the provincial government will attend a meeting at the Ministry of Interior, at which they will make a full presentation of Phuket’s new EZ plans. They will also try to clarify whether new karaoke and bar beer businesses may be set up anywhere on the island, or whether they are restricted to setting up only in EZs. Existing entertainment venues anywhere on the island may continue to operate, so long as they close at 2 am and as long as the ownership does not change. If ownership changes, they must move to one of the EZs. In the entertainment industry, it is widely expected that the Ministry regulations will allow businesses in the EZs to stay open until 5 am.



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Fourteen kilograms of marijuana seized in pre-Songkran drug crackdowns

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Phuket police have sized a total of 14 kilograms of marijuana in three separate cases, including intercepting parcel post yesterday. It’s all part of the annual pre-Songkran drugs crackdown.

Phuket Provincial Police have seized a parcel box sent via Thai Post in Rawai where they found 12 kilograms of marijuana. Police are now tracking down the sender.

In the second case police have arrested 46 years old Kamon ‘Noom’ Teeratrakunchai in Wichit. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana inside a Kerry Express parcel box. The suspect has been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

And in the third case Patong police arrested a suspect near a market on Bangla Road in Patong. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana during that arrest. That suspect has also been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

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Emergency crews participate in fire drill at Phuket airport

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PHOTOS: The Phuket International Airport

Phuket International Airport emergency crews battled fake fires near the main runway today.

Firefighters and rescue workers were deployed on the tarmac as part of regular drills aimed at improving response times and emergency response efficiency. This was the first such drill at the airport this year.

Observing officials reported that the emergency crews were timely and effective in their response during the exercise. The drills follow a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are carried out periodically to check on preparedness for various emergencies.

No flights were reportedly affected by the drill.

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Power outage in parts of Chalong tomorrow

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Residents of Chalong should be aware that there is a scheduled power outage from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

The blackouts will affect the areas from the Shell petrol station on Patak Road to Bayshore law office opposite Chalong Beach Hotel on Wiset Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience.

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 07 652 1099 (24 hr)

 

 

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