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Patong residents plea against forced evictions for B6bn tunnel

PHUKET: Hundreds of residents from Patong and from Kathu have called for the right to keep their homes instead of having their lands expropriated by law to make way for the decades-in-coming Patong Tunnel, which at last report was estimated to cost taxpayers B6 billion.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 23 August 2017, 05:30PM


The plea came at public-feedback meetings held in Patong yesterday (Aug 22) and repeated at the Kathu Municipality offices today (Aug 23).

The meetings were organised by the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT), which has been tasked with developing the project, as part of the legal requirement for pubic feedback to be sought and considered in filing for the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) application.

Leading the meeting was Pramounrat Chinnarong, Director of EXAT’s Land Acquisition Division, who explained the plans to build a raised expressway with a total length of 3.98 kilometres leading through Patong Hill.

The hill has gained a notorious reputation for hundreds of accidents, many of which have killed scores of people, mostly tourists, and injured hundreds more over the years, Mr Pramounrat noted.

“In 2015, there were 84 accidents resulting in seven deaths on Patong Hill. In 2016, there were 91 accidents resulting in two deaths, but already by the end of June this year there have been 65 accidents on the hill,” he said.

Mr Pramounrat’s assessment did not include the two devastating tour bus crashes in July that killed three people, including a Chinese father and his 10-year-old son on holiday in Phuket, and left nearly 50 people, mostly tourists, injured.

Of note, Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong only last week pointed out that last year there were 260 accidents on the deadly road, and so far this year there have been 125 accidents with many injuries and deaths. (See story here.)

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Mr Pramounrat explained to the residents at both meetings that their input was a “must requirement” for completing the EIA application, which he admitted had yet to be approved.

He also explained how they would be compensated fairly by the “Transport Ministry committee” for their land.

“After the prices have been settled, EXAT will pay landowners within 120 days of the owners agreeing to sell their land,” he said.

“If you think think the expropriation values are not fair, we can receive your comments and pass them on to the government. We are transparent in our workings during this survey visit,” Mr Pramounrat said.

“This project has not yet reached its conclusion, it has not yet been finalised. All comments will be taken back to the committee,” he added.

However, under the current plans, construction of parts of the project are scheduled to start in May 2019, Mr Pramounrat noted.

That deadline may have to be revised, he said.

 

 

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Kurt | 25 August 2017 - 17:13:46

Why there was a 3 lane underpass built near Central Festival as it is just functioning as a 2 lane?
And why is that underpass so dirty?
Why is it not cleaned at night once a week?
Easy to close the underpass in one direction per time for cleaning.
Who is responsible for underpass cleaning?
There must be a Chief + a budget for it, right?

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Bigaresort | 25 August 2017 - 08:21:22

How much cheaper would the tunnel be with only 2 lanes instead of 3?The 3rd is here in Phuket ( as we can see)useless, also the trafic light that comes with it!  Horst

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CaptainJack69 | 24 August 2017 - 20:18:09

My advice to these residents would be to jump at the chance to sell their properties. If they get anything close to what people think is "market value" then they are already way ahead of the property market curve.

Elsewhere people are desperate to sell properties that have been on the market for years, and what few homes are selling are going for way less then "market value".

So take advantage to upgrade to a nicer place.

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malczx7r | 24 August 2017 - 10:41:20

Thai logic, spend 6bn on a tunnel rather than admit they can't drive to world standards and do something about it.

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Kurt | 23 August 2017 - 22:25:49

I am surprised by reading about  EXAT's Land Division officials statement.
The poison is in the tale.
EXAT just state that it will pay landowners within 120 days ( that is already a very long time!) after owners agree to sell their land.

What if land owners not willing to agree by dictated (EXAT?) land prices?
We see what happens around Chalong Circle since October 2015.
Almost 3 years dragging on so called underpass construction.
No really digging yet, because land needed for the whole project has not yet be bought from land owners around Chalong circle.  Why not?

The Chalong Circle happening shows what people can expect about a tunnel building between Patong and Kathu.  ..Nothing.

Another issue is: There are in Thailand no technicals having experience tunnel building.
As long we not see german, swiss, french involved in this tunnel plan, nothing will happen.
The thai saying:..."this is the way we are doing it".. will not work.  ( same as with so many years flood 'control' in the country).
To buy out land owners is just peanuts.
Building/constructing a tunnel, that is the issue.
So far, until now, and coming years, it just will remain 'studies', to financial satisfaction of many officials.
Many, perhaps enough,'studies' are done already.

When we read that under CURRENT plan, construction of PARTS  of the project are SCHEDULED to start may be May 2019.
But MAYBE (?) that deadline may have to be revised, we read.
Of course.

A patong tunnel? When?

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