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PATONG: Pian Keesin, the recently re-elected Mayor of Patong, yesterday announced he will continue with his plan to build a tunnel under the hills separating the popular beach resort town from Phuket City.

“We plan to set up a budget to study and research the impact of building a tunnel, in the hope that – if there are no objections – we can finish the research and design stages within a year and a half,” he said.

However, Mayor Pian admitted that the project was still a long way from being a reality. “Whether this project will go ahead is dependent on environmental factors as well as tourism and how local businesses, organizations and people will benefit from it.

“We are still talking with investors and considering how much budget should be set aside for research before we decide on a big project like this,” he said.

Mayor Pian’s announcement follows the first meeting of the new Patong Municipality 18-seat council on Friday.

The meeting, chaired by Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit, saw Tanin Atthasap voted council chairman, beating fellow councilor Charoen Kwanyuen by 11 votes.

Prasob Prateep na Thalang was voted vice-chairman, beating Mana Panchalad by 10 votes.

Khun Pian was installed in his second term as Patong Mayor after being cleared of three complaints of vote-buying by the Election Commission in Bangkok on August 20.

Yesterday, he announced his seven-point platform, in which he pledged:

1. Education: To have Wat Suwankiriwong School and Baan Kalim School brought under the responsibility of Patong Municipality; to set up two childcare centers; and to support having a sports complex built at Tri Trang Beach.

2. Society: To improve the quality of life for the elderly, the handicapped and HIV sufferers.

3. Administration: To have Patong Municipality improve its effectiveness through developing its officers’ skills.

4. Economy and tourism: To build a food court at Loma Park, to develop the quality of tour guides, to boost investment for development, to preserve the environment in Patong, to support a change in the law so that buildings can be above the current limit of 80 meters above sea level.

5. Public utilities: To finish Phang Muang Rd and to support having a Kathu-Patong tunnel.

6. Natural resources and environment: To improve wastewater treatment and to have cleaner water in Patong Bay.

7. Safety and security: To install more CCTV cameras and to have more volunteers on the street to help tourists.

After Mayor Pian announced his policies, councilor Prasert Pattakor of the Patong Gao Na party, which opposed Mayor Pian’s Rak Patong party in the recent election, pointed out that K. Pian’s policy of allowing buildings over the 80m limit contradicted his own environmental policy of preserving green areas in the resort town.

Mayor Pian has yet to announce who will be his “Deputy Mayors” and his consultants, which are non-elected positions.

It is expected that Chairat Sukkabal, who was one of K. Pian’s Deputy Mayors throughout his entire first four-year term, will be reinstated as one of K. Pian’s Deputy Mayors.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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