Connect with us


VIDEO Report: Phuket officials unveil “drive-thru’ preview of Patong Tunnel



PHUKET: The Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT), commissioned to roll out the Patong Tunnel project, has released a video highlighting the preferred route the tunnel will take through the Phuket hills separating the Kathu valley from the beachside resort town of Patong.

The preferred route was chosen after a panel of experts investigated three major factors in the selection process, explained Kanok Khemnak, managing director of Enrich Consultants Co Ltd, which was hired to carry out the evaluation of seven possible routes.

Patong Tunnel Meeting. Video courtesy of Patong Municipality

“The first category of factors considered was engineering and traffic, in which we considered the length of the route, the aesthetics of the project, the efficiency of the construction to be undertaken and safety aspects,” Mr Kanok explained.

The category was attributed 30 per cent weighting in the entire decision process, he added.

Also granted 30 per cent weighting were economic and investment factors, which included project cost and revenue-generating ability.

“The last factor was the environmental effect. This was attributed 40 per cent weighting,” Mr Kanok explained.

“Route 2 is the best choice. It scored 72.49 from a maximum of 100 points. This is the route for which we will compile and present an Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA],” he added.

The route chosen and presented to a public meeting last week was the same one that stirred strong opposition from residents of Baan Mon in Patong in April, many of whom will have to be relocated from their family homes to make way for the mega-project (click here for story).

“We want to focus on traffic and safety. There is no need to build a tunnel. We [Baan Mon residents] have already suggested that it would be better to improve Route 4029 [Phra Barami Road, over Patong Hill],” one local resident said at the meeting.

“But if you are determined to build a tunnel, we already suggested Route 7 in order to make the road and tunnel as straight as possible to reduce the likelihood of accidents,” he added.

Patong tunnel CGI plan. Video courtesy of Patong Municipality

Patong Mayor Pian Keesin pointed out that Route 7 was ruled out by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as the route affected a protected water source in the hills.

“I have spent more than 10 years trying to improve Route 4029. The best solution is what you are looking at right now,” he said.

Another public feedback meeting is slated to be held before the end of the month.

“At that meeting we will decide on the exact route the tunnel and approach roads will take. We will also have to discuss with residents how to minimize the impact on them and negotiate the rates for expropriating the properties required to build the project,” Mr Kanok explained.

“There will be a final public feedback hearing in August to summarize the overall plan. We expect to propose this project to Cabinet before the end of this year,” he said.

“The survey is to be completed before July and we will design the route in detail by May 2014. Construction will start in 2017 and we expect to complete the project in 2018 with a total budget of 6 to 7 billion baht,” Mr Kanok said.

Keep checking the Phuket Gazette’s local news section, join our Facebook fan page or follow us on Twitter at @PhuketGazette for the latest local news.

— Saran Mitrarat


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:

Guides10 hours ago

Foodie Zone: Where to get vegan desserts in Bangkok 2022

Thailand12 hours ago

Thailand News Today | 36 dead in a mass shooting at a nursery in northeast Thailand

Guides12 hours ago

5 best wine bars in Bangkok offering rich and quality wine

Sponsored18 hours ago

Segafredo Zanetti Coffee teamed up with Bangkok Airways and hosted “Bangkok Airways Surf Festival 2022”

North East12 hours ago

Hip businesses in northeast Thai province offer tasty food and fun experiences

Crime12 hours ago

British CEO arrested at Bangkok Airport over 40 million baht fraud accusations

Thailand12 hours ago

Thailand’s 5 national parks raise entry fees for foreigners by 100%

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok12 hours ago

Ari around invites Ari people to share good deeds through the app.

Press Room12 hours ago

Where to order cannabis/weed in Thailand

Chon Buri13 hours ago

Trouserless Chon Buri man crashes car into power pole

Entertainment13 hours ago

‘The Trapped 13’ lets Wild Boars speak for themselves

Thailand13 hours ago

Reported Bangkok VIP casino vanishes into thin air

World13 hours ago

Australia sets goal of preventing any more species from going extinct

Crime13 hours ago

Mass shooting in Thailand: 36 dead, including 24 children, 12 injured

Thailand13 hours ago

9 Thais arrested in South Korea for smuggling drugs

Drugs13 hours ago

Police snag 2.5 meth pills in checkpoint stings

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