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Race against time on Phuket’s Thalang Road

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Race against time on Phuket’s Thalang Road | Thaiger

PHUKET CITY: Work to bury power cables along Thalang Rd is nearing completion and the city is hoping to have the project completely finished in time for the fourth Old Phuket Town Festival next month.

Aekapop Patpathom, project engineer with the Provincial Electrical Authority (PEA) office in Phuket, said all of the underground conduits have been installed.

He initially expected all the cable installation work would be completed by the end of December, but was then asked to expedite work so that it would be ready by the 4th Old Phuket Town Festival that kicks off on December 13.

The PEA part of the work might come in at slightly over the 11 million baht budget, Mr Aekapop said.

The total project budget of 19 million baht is being funded jointly by Phuket City Municipality, the PEA, and the Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT).

Mr Aekapop said the weather and cooperation from other agencies involved in the project would be important factors in whether the deadline could be reached.

Local agencies, property owners and motorists have all been very cooperative, allowing the project to move forward according to schedule, he said.

The PEA has already surveyed sections of Krabi Rd, Phuket Rd and Dibuk Rd as part of plans to expand the project over a wider area that would eventually extend to the Standard Chartered Bank intersection at Phuket Rd, and then along Dibuk Rd from the junction of Prasart Wittaya School to Kanok Kwan Kindergarten.

Phuket City Deputy Mayor Tavorn Jirapattanasopon told a recent press conference that work moving the electrical and telecommunications cables into the conduits was about 70% complete.

Phuket City is responsible for waterworks and other public works, including resurfacing of the road and removal of the ugly old utility poles.

Work to remove the poles should begin at the start of December. Once that is completed the road will be resurfaced, he said.

The final step will be installation of new light posts in front of each house to give the street a more ‘yesteryear’ feel.

Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwanasupana said the biggest obstacle to completing the work in time for the festival is rain, as the resurfacing work could only be carried out in dry conditions.

The city initially considered five roads in the area for the project, including parts of Thepkrsattri Rd and Yaowarat Rd, she said.

Yaowarat Rd was ruled out because the large transformers along them could not be buried, she said.

After the public sees the new face of Thalang Rd, a public hearing will be held to gauge public opinion about extending the project to Krabi, Phuket, and Dibuk Roads, Mayor Somjai said.

— Hasan Che-aware

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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