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Phuket Town cable burying on hold for Vegetarian Festival

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PHUKET: Work installing underground utility cables in Old Phuket Town has been suspended for the duration of nine-day Vegetarian Festival, which starts with the arrival of the new moon tomorrow.

“There will be many processions along the streets of the Old Town. The traffic jams would be a nightmare if they continued working while the annual festival was going on,” said Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana.

Work will resume immediately after the festival, she said.

“Work on the power cables along Krabi Road will resume October 7. That part of the project should take one month. Later, conduit boxes will be installed, which should take another month. Krabi Road will be completed by December,” said Mayor Somjai.

The work is the second of a three-phase effort to beautify the old quarter and increase its attractiveness to tourists.

Phase two is budgeted to cost 39,740,900 baht, comprising 26,476,600 baht from the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and 13,264,300 from Phuket City Municipality.

Work along the selected parts of the more heavily trafficked Thepkrasattri Road and Phuket Road would be a little more complicated.

“The high-voltage cables there are more difficult to work with than regular cables, but we are trying to work as fast as we can in order to minimize the effect on traffic and local businesses in the area,” explained Mayor Somjai.

Work along on Dibuk Road, scheduled to recommence on October 23, targeted for completion by the end of December.

“We started excavation work in June. The work on Dibuk Road will be very much like what we did along Thalang Road,” Ms Somjai said.

The project has suffered other delays, pushing the scheduled completion date for the entire project from this coming December back to March 2012, she said.

“We had some problems with residents in the area. Some of them didn’t understand the project, so I asked the relevant agencies to explain to them in detail what is going on.

“We also had some problems sourcing the cables, as some of the equipment needed to be imported. But all of the problems have been solved,” Mayor Somjai said.

“As soon as we have completed the entire project, we will cut off the power in all the overhead cables and switch it on in the underground cables. Then we will remove all the poles and repave the road, making the whole area ‘wireless’,” she added.

— Warisa Temram



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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