Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome said Jan. 25 that the project to refill sand on 193 meters of beachfront at the Dusit curve has resumed after officials found a new source of sand in Rayong, from a different river, to replace the previous supply cut off by Rayong officials from the Rayong River in September.
The heavy equipment has been brought out to refill sand on 193 meters of beachfront at the Dusit curve.
The beach refill is the first part of a 500 million baht proposal to reverse severe erosion of Pattaya Beach, which was predicted to wipe out the beachfront in five years if nothing was done. Already, the Dusit curve area had shrunk to as little as 3 meters wide. The refill project now 70 percent complete aims to expand the beach to 30 meters.
Itthiphol announced plans nearly a year ago to use a Rayong estuary as a source for sand to refill the Dusit Curve, but local officials there reversed their earlier approval last fall claiming the river couldn’t afford to surrender more sand, as nature was already eating away at the waterway.
Debated for more than a year so far, the total beach reclamation project still lacks necessary funding. Itthiphol predicted the funds would be made available by the Cabinet in the 2014 fiscal year, which begins in October.