Naklua’s Soi Kanrua to get new drainage system

Friday, 19 July 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 29 By  Phasakorn Channgam

Pattaya will spend 8 million baht to hopefully solve long-running flood problems in Naklua’s Soi Kanrua boatyard district.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and Sanitation Department Director Weerat Jeerasriphaithun met with affected business owners July 2. Verawat explained that city hall has wanted to lay new drainage pipes and roads in the area for a long time, but objections from business owners, combined with unreliable contractors repeatedly delayed plans.

Faced with flooding that worsens each year, owners of the many boat-repair and construction yards in the area finally appeared willing to put up with months of construction that will force them to reduce or suspend business.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay (front left) leads city officials to inspect Naklua’s Soi Kanrua boatyard district with the intent of stopping flooding there.Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay (front left) leads city officials to inspect Naklua’s Soi Kanrua boatyard district with the intent of stopping flooding there.

The two phase project, scheduled to run September through December, will see contractors dig a 1.5-meter-deep concrete reservoir at Klong Plub near the Pattaya Water Pumping Station to catch storm runoff, three reservoirs along Soi Kanrua, new 1.2-meter-wide drainage pipes and repave the street with concrete.

As part of construction, some boatyards will have to temporarily remove huge concrete blocks used to drydock boats under service.

Verawat promised to make the disruption as short and painless as possible for residents and businesses.

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