Connect with us

Phuket

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

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

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

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

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.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Protests2 hours ago

Monarchy supporters claim protesters weaponizing Covid-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

5.7% of foreign residents in Thailand have received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

Travel3 hours ago

Top 5 Diving Schools in Koh Samui

Sponsored1 day ago

Tour Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Lifestyle3 hours ago

Best Places for Golf in Koh Samui

Crime3 hours ago

Child pornography group run by Suphan Buri couple busted

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok restrictions extended, record high infections | August 5

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand4 hours ago

Drugs found inside monk’s pillow at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thailand5 hours ago

Fairy Sweet Village in Pattaya catches on fire, again

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 20,920 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand7 hours ago

Phuket’s BigGym allegedly closes 2 branches for good, doesn’t reimburse members

Travel7 hours ago

Phuket’s 5 most stunning villas for rent

News8 hours ago

USA tentatively plans to require all foreign visitors to be vaccinated

Thailand9 hours ago

Bangkok closure order extended until August 31

Best of9 hours ago

Ayutthaya’s 5 most amazing hotels

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Nonthaburi field hospital adds an ICU

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending