Connect with us

Phuket

Phummisak challenges Gov over water supplies

Published

 on 

Phummisak challenges Gov over water supplies | Thaiger

PHUKET: Former Phuket City Mayor and tin mine owner Phummisak Hongsyok has dismissed Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura’s assertion that he will use the law to force owners of private water resources to share them with the province if there is a water shortage this year.

K. Phummisak, who owns two flooded former tin mines with a total capacity of three million cubic metres, from which come two-thirds of Phuket City’s water, stressed yesterday that his mines, and others like them, were private property, which the Governor did not have the authority to seize.

He said, “The Governor has said he will fill the mines, or fine owners [who don’t share water] 5,000 baht.

“The law states that a tin mine owner is allowed to keep only the last tin mine in the tin mine concession and the rest are to be filled in. If not, the mine owner will be fined 5,000 baht per mine.

“How can the Governor prove after 20 years which is the last one? It takes a long time to check that. He should not shoot his mouth off so quickly.”

He continued, “The Governor needs to take time to study the law on this matter. He hasn’t had the time to learn about how the private sector and local government organizations have helped each other.

“What he said upset me – for more than 30 years, the owners of privately-owned tin mines supplied water free of charge, but while the local authorities are aware of this, the Governor isn’t.”

K. Phummisak announced last August that, after decades of supplying water free, he would, with effect from May this year, charge the city around 2 baht a cubic meter.

 

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.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Eastern Thailand13 hours ago

German man believed to have monkeypox briefly fled police

Thailand14 hours ago

New app to help migrant women in Thailand facing abuse

Cambodia15 hours ago

Nigerian man recovers from monkeypox, handed to Cambodian authorities

Sponsored3 days ago

The return of the most important coffee event in Thailand

World16 hours ago

Unusually heavy floods in Pakistan kill 549, thousands of homes damaged

Thailand16 hours ago

How to get the Thailand Elite Visa?

Transport17 hours ago

BTS is offering a free ride… with your mom

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok17 hours ago

Fire at Energy Ministry’s compound in Bangkok

Phuket18 hours ago

2 meth busts in Phuket this past week

Politics18 hours ago

NIDA Poll: PM Prayut should not extend term after August 24

Chon Buri20 hours ago

Mountain Pub fire: 15 victims dead, owner arrested, club uninsured

Chon Buri20 hours ago

Police transferred, safety measures enacted in wake of Mountain B fire

Bangkok21 hours ago

Bangkok taxi driver who snapped himself raping teen gets jailed

Video21 hours ago

Building a $100mil business in Thailand feat. Michael Kenner | Thaiger Podcast Ep. 1

Tourism22 hours ago

Major jump in Thailand Airbnb searches

Economy23 hours ago

Thailand’s hotels are short on workers

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

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

Phuket1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year 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