Rayong tosses Pattaya beach-refill plan on rocks

Friday, 28 September 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 39 By  Phasakorn Channgam

Plans to shore up Pattaya Beach with sand from a Rayong tributary hit the rocks when Rayong officials stopped selling the sand to the city’s contractors due to the river’s own erosion issues.

While Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome announced plans nearly a year ago to refill Pattaya Beach near the Dusit Curve, Rayong officials have said they can not allow any more sand to be taken from the tributary, as nature is already eating away as the waterway.

Sand was being brought to Pattaya Beach in bags taken from a Rayong tributary until Rayong officials said they could sell no more. Sand was being brought to Pattaya Beach in bags taken from a Rayong tributary until Rayong officials said they could sell no more.

The mayor said Sept. 19 that he will ask researchers at Chulalongkorn University to find another source for sand similar to existing granules on Pattaya Beach.

Pattaya is funding the emergency refill of the Dusit Curve with 15.7 million baht of local funds as it awaits approval of a 500 million baht budget to shore up the entire waterfront.

Up to 30 meters of beachfront will be built up in the 200 northernmost meters of Pattaya Beach. Once a new source of sand is found, the work should take five months, the mayor said.

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  • Comment Link Saturday, 29 September 2012 17:08 posted by John Guru

    Sand in bags !! A good earner for someone!! What is wrong with bulk sand which would be only a fraction of the price? With bulk sand they could purchase enough to make a difference to the beach. With bagged sand they could only purchase a smaller amount which would only make a difference to someone's bank account.

  • Comment Link Friday, 28 September 2012 11:16 posted by Peter Davies

    Have you seen how ugly this is?
    They may be shoring it up but no-one will ever stop at this beach area again.
    If its such an easy fix, how come nobody else in the world repairs beaches this way?

    A proper artificial reef is what is required!

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