PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) today dismissed rumors that plans to launch a local bus service had been scrapped, insisting that bus services will start next month. Wisut Santikun, Deputy President of the OrBorJor and Chairman of the Public Transportation Board, told the Gazette, “The OrBorJor is 100% sure that Phuket will have a bus service this March.” The assurance came after stories began circulating that bickering between OrBorJor members over the bus service had culminated in the termination of the project. “There have been a lot of rumors,” K. Wisut said. “I don’t know where they came from.” He explained that the project had taken a long time to get off the ground because of government red tape and the wait for budget approval, and because the OrBorJor wants to make sure that everything runs smoothly. “I don’t want to set a [precise] date because I don’t want to get complaints if the service doesn’t start on time. I want to get everything right. I don’t want more problems after the service launches,” he said. K. Wisut said that all bus stop signs are expected to be in place by the end of this month. Three refurbished buses will arrive in Phuket in the coming few days, he added, but the service will not be launched until all 12 buses have arrived.
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