Construction company asks for 399
Progress report not promising
The contractors were asked for their report on the progress of the
construction and what they had done to alleviate the traffic problems caused along the
construction route. The explanations were to no ones satisfaction and to top it of,
they asked for an extension to their contract.
Khun Anurat Ratanakwan, the engineer from Makro Consultants Co.,
observed that the Sam Prasit company would have to stop all work before the 6th to the
10th of April. The Pattaya Festival will be held between the 12th and the 19th of April
and therefore the roads have to be filled in and surfaced so as not to cause any
inconvenience to the public during the festive week.
Anurat stated that he hopes all the digging and pipe laying will be
completed by the middle of June this year. However, the consulting company feels it is
doubtful that the construction will be fully completed by then. What would remain would be
the installation of mechanical and other systems needed for the drainage system.
The contract expires in July 1999 but the cabinet has already approved an extension for
another 6 months from that date. In November of 1998 the Sam Prasit company had put in a
petition to extend the deadlines even further by another 399 days. They claim that work
had to be stopped for various reasons and therefore needed more time. The request is now
Safety first at Pattaya Festival
Emergency centers to be set up
City administrators are working
with local doctors and hospitals to get ready for the Pattaya Festival.
The safety of festival revelers is a primary concern, prompting Deputy
City Manager Virawat Khakhai to call a meeting last week between city officials and
administrators of local hospitals.
The meeting was to coordinate safety measures for Pattayas
Songkran festival, which will be held from April 12-19.
It was decided at the meeting that doctors will be given assignments
and duty areas. Ambulances are to be in readiness and there will be various centers where
revelers may receive emergency treatment.
This years festival will feature a multitude of activities, such
as beach volleyball, beach soccer, water skiing, yachting, fishing and bowling. There will
also be a light show to honor His Majesty King Taksin the Great and a ceremony to honor
Local TAT announces change of
Official Press Release
In an official press release, the Tourism Authority of Thailand for
Region 3 (Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard) announced that they will be changing the
location of their Pattaya office.
Formerly on Beach Road near Soi 8, the offices will be moved to their
new permanent building on Pratamnak Road in South Pattaya (the hill leading to the Royal
Cliff Beach Resort).
The Central Branch of the Tourist Authority of Thailand, Region 3, made
the announcement that will be effective beginning the 1st of April 1999.
TAT Region 3 will therefore have the new address of: 609 Moo 10,
Pratamnak Rd, South Pattaya, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20260. The telephone and fax
numbers remain the same.
Heavy rains flood Sukhumvit
times it might be better to ride a boat down Sukhumvit Highweay.
On the afternoon of the 30th of March Pattaya experienced very heavy
rainfall over the city and neighboring communities. The freak rainstorm only lasted about
30 minutes, but was enough to cause heavy flooding on Sukhumvit Road in front of Wat
NongYai and at Pattaya School number 4 on North Pattaya.
Flooding at some spots was more than one meter deep. This caused a
major traffic jam as no vehicles could drive through the deep water.
One almost tragic incident was avoided when a Mercedes Benz drove into
the ditch separating the highway. This caused the engine and the passenger compartment to
be inundated with water. Fortunately, a tow truck was in the vicinity and pulled the car
out of the flood, avoiding a major catastrophe to the lives of the driver and passengers
in the sedan.
It is strange but true that the problem of flooding on Sukhumvit Road
at these very spots is a problem that both the highways department and Pattaya City have
seen every time it rains. They have always tried to solve the problem at the wrong end by
using water pumps to help drain the water away when it rains. They have still not awoken
to the fact that these floods have caused extreme hardship for the public living in the
area, not to mention the heavy financial losses to vehicles that are damaged by the
The people of Pattaya are resigned to their flooded fate, not knowing
whether these expert and learned engineers are intelligent enough to be capable of solving
the problem for their own good, or whether they are just arrogantly ignoring their
responsibilities and are not sincerely trying to solve the problem.
To add insult to injury, residents living in the North Pattaya area have requested the
construction company that is responsible for laying the 1,800 million baht waste water
pipeline project to look into the subsiding of soil along their buildings, caused by their
digging. It is feared that if there is any more soil subsiding then there is a risk of
their buildings collapsing and being sucked into the ground. And then who will be
responsible for the suffering of the people?
German tourist killed in
Hit utility pole on Siam CC Road
Thomas Hardy was killed instantly when he drove his 400cc Honda
motorcycle into a utility pole at high speed. His Thai girlfriend riding pillion was
Photo: A high speed motorcycle crash
on Siam Country Club Road leaves one dead and another in critical condition.
Witnesses told police they saw Hardy, a German national, driving at a
high rate of speed with his Thai girlfriend down Siam Country Club Road around 9:30 p.m.
on Monday, March 22nd. He lost control rounding a corner and collided with a utility pole.
Hardys body was thrown 30 meters from the crash. His girlfriend remains in critical
condition in the hospital.
The impact of the crash had such force that it knocked the transformer
off the pole. The Banglamung electricity authority needed to be called in to restore
The motorcycle was demolished.
Police were only able to identify the body from a golf membership card in the
City organizes clean Jomtien
Local officials spearhead drive to
maintain high standards
Photo: Over 300 people took part in
the successful Jomtien Beach clean-up drive.
Pattaya Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat organized a project to clean up
the beaches of Jomtien. The project includes implementing a no motorbike zone.
The team from city hall consisted of the mayor, Pattaya City Manager
Niran Watanasartsathorn and other city officials. More than 300 citizens including local
businesspeople also joined in this cleanliness drive.
This cleaning of Jomtiens beaches came after the very successful
project that was implemented on Pattaya Beach. It is hoped that it would instill a sense
of responsibility in the minds of the public and business people.
The various operators of umbrella and sun chairs rental services, as
well as the beach masseurs, were asked to care for their working and living environment.
At the end of the day, it was noticed by both locals and foreigners that Jomtien Beach
looked very clean indeed.
Pattaya organizes anti drug
Plans to eradicate drugs this year
If all goes according to plan, Pattaya will be drug-free by December
5th of this year.
That was the goal set by Mayor Pairat Suthithamrongsawat and members of
the city council for the citys new anti-drug campaign. A drug-free Pattaya, they
say, would be the best gift they could give HM the King to celebrate his 72nd birthday on
December 5, 1999.
Mayor Pairat chaired a meeting at city hall last week to begin to
organize the citys new stance on drugs. City Manager Niran Watanasartsathorn and
Deputy City Manager Virawat Khakhai, along with two hundred members and other
participants, attended the meeting.
The meeting took the form of a training session to attempt to prevent
the drug problem from developing, and to provide a clear understanding of the harm that
drugs can do.
Pattaya City has increasingly been burdened by the strong influence
drugs have in todays society. City administrators realize the impact from drug
problems and have been tackling the problem to find long term solutions.
Officials aim to restore a secure and stable city, and society, with
the aim of developing efficient businesses with the intention of preventing drug
businesses from growing. The main aim is to the reduce the current problems and active
dealers to a minimum.
City officials hope to announce on the 5th of December that there will
be no sales of and no drug dealing being practiced in Pattaya City anymore. This is also
to dedicate to the King the good intentions of the city.
City Hall burgled
Police inspect the wall outside city hall where burglars attempted to flee after they
broke in and stole computer speakers.
Pol. Col. Chaiwat Siriphankaew of the Pattaya Police received a report
from Mr. Samorn Jamniankool, a security guard at city hall, that a burglar had broken into
the office of the director of the engineering department at Pattaya City Hall.
Arriving at the office, police found both glass doors that lead into
the office open. There was no trace of a break in, as both doors were unlocked.
Police learned that four computer speakers were stolen from the office
of Mr. Pichet Uthaiwathananont, the director.
Later, the officers found 2 speakers laying by the wall outside the
building. Police have reason to suspect that the thief fled in a white Toyota sedan.
Police believe that an insider may have left the doors open for the
burglar to enter the office.
At press time, no other items were reported as stolen.
Pattaya Sports Club promotes
PSC supports YWCA in the youth
Leadership program for children
The YMCA has organised a Youth Leadership program at the Petcharat Camp
in Saraburi. The program will run from the 26th to the 30th of April. The purpose of this
camp is to give opportunities for youth to study and improve themselves both mentally and
physically and to learn the role of leadership.
This camp is open to children between the ages of 8-16 years. The
Pattaya Sports Club feels that this is a worthy project and has agreed to sponsor 10 local
children to receive the financial support so that they may get this once in a life time
opportunity to be part of this adventure.
Tourist Police raid male sex
Acting on an anonymous tip, Pattaya Tourist Police raided the Octopus
Bar on Phratumnak Road, catching young men performing illegal sex shows.
Photo: Ten performers and the owner
were arrested from the Octopus Bar for illegal sex shows.
At the scene, the officers found naked young men aged 17-19 performing
in an aquarium. Of the ten performers arrested, 2 men were aged 17 years old; the other 8
were 19 years old.
Along with the boys, officers also arrested Ms. Sadithorn Srisudta, age
30, who confessed to being the owner of the place.
All were brought to the Pattaya Tourist Police office for booking, then
sent over to the Pattaya Police Station for further investigation before trial.
The arrests were made on the 25th March at around 00.50. The team of Pattaya Tourist
Police officers was led by Pol. Col. Khajornsak Kriangsakphichit, Pol. Superintendent of
the Tourist Police Division 3.
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