Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket Governor to call in Bangkok crew to pave way for B450mn Provincial Hall

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut yesterday announced he would call in officers from Bangkok to help verify – or discredit – claims made by opponents to Phuket’s proposed new 450-million-baht Provincial Hall.

The debate over whether or not the new five-story building should be built at Sanam Chai (map here) continued yesterday with hundreds of local residents turning out at a public meeting chaired by Governor Maitri.

Rungsan Kongthong, one of the key opponents to the project, alleged that the proposed new building contravenes the Public Works and Town & Country Planning Act.

“Sanam Chai is designated a public recreation area where construction is prohibited,” he said.

“Also, the field is a part of Phuket’s history. So many things have happened at the site. It is even called Chai, which means ‘victory’. It is a place of auspicious beginnings. Phuket people have many good memories of the field,” he added.

Mr Rangsan also alleged that some of the land the government plans to build on is private land.

“Some of the land the field occupies is not government land, it does not belong to the Treasury Department. Some areas are privately owned,” Mr Rungsan said.

He also alleged that the size of the new building would not leave enough room at the site for the popular tennis courts to remain.

“Phuket residents are concerned about losing the football field and the tennis courts, which they use not only for sport, but also for social and community events,” he added.

Sanam Chai was used to host government-sponsored Chinese New Year celebrations as recently as February (story here), the Phuket Gazette notes.

“Once the construction is finished, it will become a government property, which means security will be set and Phuket people who used to go to the field will be prohibited, as the multi-million baht building will need to be protected,” Mr Rangsan added.

Former Rassada Mayor Suratin Lianudom, who successfully campaigned against buses using a u-turn when exiting new Phuket Bus Terminal 2 (story here), supported Mr Rangsan’s call to find an alternative location for the new Provincial Hall.

“The field belongs to Phuket people. Please build the new Provincial Hall somewhere else,” he said.

“Please reconsider this, do not build on our historical land that we always use for social and community events,” Mr Suratin added.

Patong Mayor Pian Keesin, a Phuket native, appealed for people to allow rational progress. “It is time for Phuket to move on. We all love Phuket, but please think forward,” he said.

“Phuket is growing and I believe this building is appropriate: it matches Phuket’s image, it’s a nice building and it will help alleviate the shortage of parking spaces in Phuket Town.

“It took years to get the 450mn-baht budget from the Cabinet. That much money being given to us means it makes sense to build the new hall,” he said.

Governor Maitri explained that the current Provincial Hall has been in use for 105 years.

“The building is showing its age and is too small. It is crowded when many people meet there at the same time,” he said.

Governor Maitri was very clear that he would do his best to make sure the new building goes ahead.

“Please be informed that I have been ordered by the Minister of Interior to finish this project. I have received the order and I will get it done,” he stated.

“I would like to hold another meeting to clarify matters. Five of the protestors will act as representatives. Officers from relevant central departments in Bangkok will join the meeting to clarify all the issues, including land ownership and where the building will be built,” the governor said.

“We need to resolve this conflict and move forward together,” Gov Maitri added.

— Chutharat Plerin

 

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:

Press Room6 hours ago

Best island boat tours from Phuket – must-visit islands and unforgettable experiences you should not miss out on

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Foreigners anger Chiang Mai locals for kissing in temple

World8 hours ago

Former Coventry footballer seriously ill in Thai hospital

Crime8 hours ago

Weapons used by jealous Thai man to murder and chop up lover found

Guides8 hours ago

Foodie Zone: Should you try Keto diet? 2022

Chiang Mai8 hours ago

River in Chiang Mai overflows, floods spread

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand9 hours ago

3-year jail term for carrying crops, fruit & veg into Japan

Thailand9 hours ago

Bank repossesses the wrong house in central Thailand

Thailand9 hours ago

Innocent man jailed 7 months for 15.8 million baht theft demands justice

Weather9 hours ago

Thailand’s cold season expected to hit in late October

Thailand10 hours ago

ฺThai boxer blackmails 20 women into sending nude pics

World10 hours ago

South Korea gives North Korea a warning

Visa11 hours ago

Philippines offers attractive alternative to Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa

Phuket11 hours ago

Thousands join Chinese ceremony at Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Bang Sue’s Central Vaccination Centre officially closed

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