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No go: Phuket road projects stalled

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PHUKET TOWN: Two controversial road projects slated for Phuket face indefinite delays and the province is already seeking alternatives, the Gazette has learned.

A high-ranking source in the Department of Rural Roads said plans to complete a road connecting Nanai Road in Patong to Chalong have stalled, as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) failed to sign off on the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) proposal.

Completion of the road, currently a treacherous dirt path, would have required the use of hilly ‘Zone C’ Forest Department land.

Also failing to be granted EIA approval was the plan to complete a 600-meter stretch of road connecting Saphan Hin and Sakdidet Road Soi 7.

The project has been on hold since 2003, when the MNRE denied approval of construction though protected mangrove forest in the low-lying area known as Koh Phi, which is also home to the island’s trash incinerator and landfill.

Completion of the road, which would greatly reduce commuting time between Saphan Hin and Wichit, has been the subject of intense lobbying in Bangkok by Phuket MPs and Phuket Governor Wichai Praisa-ngop in recent months.

Faced with what appears to be an indefinite delay in the EIA process, the province may now try to use 26 million baht in funding originally earmarked for the Patong-Chalong road for construction of a new road connecting Chao Fah East Road to Sakdidet Rd Soi 1 in Saphan Hin, the source said.

If approved, the new road would start at the entrance to the Mineral Resources Center, opposite Suan Luang Park, and run though to the cluster of government offices near the Phuket Labor Office at Saphan Hin.

The four-lane concrete road would be 694 meters long and come with a median strip and bicycle path, the source said.

Land acquisition would not be a problem as the 12 rai needed for construction are under the control of the incinerator and landfills State Property Management and Services Office. The Rural Roads Department could finish the road within six months of approval.

Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop, who just returned from Bangkok, is scheduled to hold a press conference on the topic tomorrow (Monday) morning, the source added.

— K. Pornmongkhonwat & S. Fein



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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