South Pattaya canal reclamation proceeding, but still facing obstacles

Friday, 04 July 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 27 By  Surasak Huasoon

The South Pattaya canal reclamation project is nearly complete, but is still facing obstacles along the important final stretch from Siam Bayshore Hotel until the entrance to South Pattaya Bay.

Siam Bayshore Hotel, MiXX Discotheque and the Al Porto Italian Restaurant are all still trespassing, with the latter of the three being the most difficult, as half the restaurant has been built over the canal.

The South Pattaya canal reclamation project is nearly complete, but is still facing obstacles along the important final stretch from Siam Bayshore Hotel to South Pattaya Bay.  The area to the left is public property and will be renovated. Straight ahead is where the final obstacles begin.The South Pattaya canal reclamation project is nearly complete, but is still facing obstacles along the important final stretch from Siam Bayshore Hotel to South Pattaya Bay.  The area to the left is public property and will be renovated. Straight ahead is where the final obstacles begin.

Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho and Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay last week led sanitation engineering officers, Pattaya technicians and local media to inspect the progress.

MiXX Discotheque owner Sunthorn Kangsirikul came out to meet with the group, and agreed to remove the trespassed area as fast as possible.

Representatives from Siam Bayshore and the Al Porto Italian Restaurant were unavailable at the time.  Verawat said that they have been informed, and he has instructed crews to immediately begin demolishing the offending structures at the trespassers’ expense.

Sakchai expressed his satisfaction with the progress, and added, “I am quite satisfied with Pattaya administrators for having worked fast and hard without any fear of the powerful. I am really impressed.” He also added that he is quite certain that Pattaya’s flood drainage issue will be solved soon.

Verawat noted the extra land behind the go-kart track and said it will be cleared, as it is public land.  He suggested putting in a road and fitness area parallel to the canal for exercise and cycling, and as a park so that people could enjoy the view.  He added, however, that “these are just ideas and haven’t been presented to Pattaya council.”

One long time resident in the group stated that, back in “the old days”, the South Pattaya canal began behind the VC Hotel and continued to the sea.  He said it was built in 2 sections, 8 meters wide from the VC Hotel to Siam Bayshore, and 18 meters wide from Siam Bayshore to the sea.  Sailing vessels once used the canal as a sheltered mooring area.  Smaller sailboats could sail in and out of the canal with ease.

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