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Phuket lifeguards back on beaches “within a week’

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PHUKET: Lifeguards are expected to be back on duty at Phuket’s beaches within the coming week, the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) has announced.

The news follows Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong yesterday signing his approval for the PPAO to expedite the process of hiring lifeguards by directly negotiating with the Phuket Lifeguard Club (PLC).

“I signed my approval as soon as I received the application yesterday evening,” Governor Nisit told the Phuket Gazette.

“Lifeguards are very important to Phuket. We need them. We should not leave the beaches empty as a lot of tourists come to visit our beaches.

“I also suggested to the officers involved in the annual contract to hire lifeguards to renew the contract well ahead of time. I personally do not want our beaches without lifeguards.”

The need for Governor Nisit’s approval for a “special process” to hire lifeguards came into play after no party came forward to bid on the 22-million-baht concession to sign the new contract – not even the PLC, who have guarded the beaches for years – after the contract was publicly offered twice.

The previous contract ended on March 26, resulting in the lifeguards leaving the beaches unguarded the next day (story here).

PLC President Prathaiyut Chuayuan told the Gazette that the key issue at the time was the 2.2mn baht required to be held in deposits in order to bid for the contract.

“We did not apply for the contract as we cannot commit millions of baht just to be held in deposits,” he explained (story here).

That issue now seems to have been resolved, with the deposit required to be halved under the new concession, confirmed Chawalit Kiatdet, the PPAO officer responsible for issuing the contract.

“Other than the deposit required, all other terms will be as same as the previous year, which is a budget of 22mn baht to provide lifeguards at 38 stations at Phuket beaches,” he said.

“However, we have to call the PLC in to go over the terms of the contract. Once they agree, they can start work.”

Mr Chawalit said he expected the process to take no more than one week.

PLC President Prathaiyut told the Gazette that he saw no problems with the terms, as long as the deposit had been reduced.

“If there are no changes from last year and we can pay only the 1.1mn baht deposit, we will sign the contract,” he confirmed.

“We want to get back to work as soon as possible.”

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Burmese man busted with 20 kilograms of kratom

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A Myanmar man has been busted with 20 kilograms of kratom after he illegally crossed a natural border into Thailand in the southern Muang district in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Border patrol police and administrative officials were patrolling Ban Hup Phueng, a village near the natural pass on the Myanmar border, when they noticed a man walking with a shoulder bag.

45 year old San Nyunt was then arrested after police found his shoulder bag containing the kratom leaves. Kratom, is a mild narcotic, which has been categorised as an illegal drug in Thailand. San was then charged with illegal entry and possession of illicit drugs.

Such arrests of illegal border crossing have been more prevalent in recent months as the province has stepped up surveillance of the border due to the Covid-10 pandemic.

Source: Bangkok Post

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The Pattaya to Hua Hin bridge. Government discusses 900 billion baht investment.

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The government is looking into a so-called “Thai Bridge” that would connect Pattaya to Hua Hin, an estimated 900 billion baht investment. The project would be part of the Eastern Economic Corridor development plan aimed at improving the transportation and infrastructure in Thailand.

The 900 billion baht investment is expected to take 10 years to financially implement, according to chairperson of the government’s committee for the Mobilisation of Economic Management Measures, Pailin Chuchottaworn. The Centre for Economic Situation Administration has approved the investment project to move forward with a pre-feasibility study by the EEC’s policy committee.

“We have to admit that 900 billion baht is a huge amount of money, but it is reasonable when considering its final results. It is also cheaper than some other mega projects that are currently being accelerated. We also planned to hire local Thai people and buy local materials for the construction to reduce the cost as well.”

The bridge would join other mega-projects by the EEC like a high speed rail that will link the major airports in Bangkok… Don Mueang Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport and U-Tapao Airport (south of Pattaya). The train is expected to travel at 250 kilometres per hour. Another project is the renovation and extension of the U-Tapao International Airport. The EEC says the project will bring in 60 million passengers a year and is expected to be in operation by 2024.

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The 80 to 100 kilometre bridge will most likely connect Pattaya to Hua Hin (likely to be just south of Pattaya in Sattahip), but also connect many provinces in the South. The bridge would likely increase tourism in Hua Hin. Pattaya draws in a larger crowd than Hua Hin with 10 times more tourists than the southern district, Pailin says.

The bridge will also need to allow shipping to traverse the Gulf of Thailand to Laem Chabang in Chon Buri.

“In truth, the tourists want to travel to both cities but they choose Pattaya first partly because Chon Buri has more attractions and more convenient transportation options. Many projects are also being built in Chonburi and the EEC in the coming future, such as a three-airport monorail and a city monorail which will potentially attract more travelers to the area, while none of the projects in the other tourist cities in the Gulf of Thailand were discussed.”

SOURCES: Pattaya News | EEC

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8,000 homes inundated in Nakhon Ratchasima after 2 days of torrential rain

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The Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is urging emergency services and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in the Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima, in Thailand’s north east, to urgently attend to the suffering of the region’s flood victims. Flooding has cut electricity and water supplies to several areas around the district.

8,000+ houses have been flooded after the overflowing Lam Takong River inundated nearby farming and residential communities. The flooding follows days of heavy rain, especially in the Khao Yai mountainous area, in the province’s south west.

Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Vichien Chanthanothai has attended the region’s worst hit areas today to distribute relief supplies, lunch boxes and survival kits to flood victims. Most have stayed in their flooded homes with family and to protect their property.

“It will take another day for flood waters to recede and the situation will gradually return to normal.”

But Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department reports that the recent rains in Pak Chong have been an enormous help to the Lam Phra Ploeng and Khun Dan Prakanchon dams, which were almost empty earlier this year.

• Lam Phra Ploeng reservoir is now 93% full, with 145 million cubic metres of water

• Khun Dan Prakanchon reservoir is 96% full, with 216 million cubic metres of water

In Phetchaburi, south of Bangkok, more than 400 homes in the Nong Ya Plong district, north of the province, along with the Petkasem highway near the main Cha-am intersection, were flooded earlier today after 2 days of heavy rain in the province. Flood waters, in areas north west of Hua Hin, have now receded after train tracks through parts of Phetchaburi were inundated under 10 cm of floodwater earlier today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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