Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket road project still on hold

Published

 on 

PHUKET CITY: The Phuket Governor and three of Phuket’s top politicians on Thursday traveled to Bangkok to lobby Cabinet to endorse a controversial plan to allow construction of a new road to Saphan Hin through protected mangrove forest.

Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-gnop made the trip with Phuket MPs Tossaporn Thepabutr and Rewat Areerob, as well as appointed Senator Phummisak Hongyok, who is also former Mayor of Phuket City.

The quartet tried to convince cabinet to finally allow construction of a new 600-meter road that has been stalled for over a decade.

For previous reports click here and here.

Gov Wichai said he had ‘good news’ for the many people who support the construction of the new road, but added that final approval has still not been granted.

“What’s the big problem? This project has been stalled for over 10 years, so now I really want to help. It is a good project. The benefits far outweigh the costs. Fortunately, we were able to make our case directly before Cabinet, addressing all of their concerns. Had we not been given this chance, we might not be allowed to move forward…Now we don’t have anything to worry about,” he said.

The governor earlier promised the 600-meter extension would be finished by year’s end ‘as a gift to the people of Phuket’.

That now looks unlikely, however, as Cabinet has called for a more in-depth environmental impact assessment to be conducted before it will give its final approval.

“Hopefully it will be finished within two months,” Gov Wichai said.

A chief concern is how the road will affect drainage in the area, which is nearby Phuket’s only waste incinerator and piles of landfilled garbage growing at a rate of about 250 tonnes a day, on average.

The landfill is surrounded by ponds of highly toxic, black leachate that sit only slightly above the high tide mark of the area, which is built on reclaimed land.

In 2007 one of the pools overflowed into the surrounded mangrove forest, killing millions of farmed fish.

— Kitima Pornmongkhonwat & Stephen Fein

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand12 hours ago

Man arrested for spycam porn, 39 videos feature Thai stars

Thailand12 hours ago

Is poor English proficiency holding Thailand back?

Thailand12 hours ago

Shopee stops all bank payments after hackers steal from customer in Thailand

Sponsored20 hours ago

Challenges of starting a business in Thailand as a foreigner

Thailand12 hours ago

Thailand News Today | CAAT warns Thai VietJet for canceling three Phuket

Crime13 hours ago

Cat killer feels no guilt over sadistic act

Koh Samui13 hours ago

Koh Samui’s Moving Market – a hidden local treat

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Visa13 hours ago

Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa most popular among Americans and Chinese

Politics14 hours ago

Thailand PM wants to groom successor in two years

Bangkok14 hours ago

VIDEO: Taxi meter rises suspiciously quickly in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand15 hours ago

Man wins 144 million baht in Thailand’s lottery

Bangkok15 hours ago

Plumber murders and robs Thai woman in Bangkok

Drugs16 hours ago

Man returns for bag with meth pills he left at restaurant

Transport16 hours ago

Porsche sales in Thailand roaring thanks to nation’s entrepreneurs

Visa16 hours ago

Overstay crackdown uses facial recognition tech

Thailand17 hours ago

Father dies trying to save son from teenage gang

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending