Pattaya last year allocated more than 3 million baht for the path from Big C Extra on Central Road down Soi Paniadchang to the Redemptorist Center. Father Ray Foundation wards expecting the lane to be separated from traffic by a barrier already were disappointed by the revelation it wouldn’t be separated by anything more than a painted line. Now, they don’t even have that.
Slow construction of a special lane for disabled residents near the Redemptorist Vocational School for Persons with Disabilities is not only causing hardship for wheelchair-bound students, but also has become increasingly dangerous.
A spokesperson from city hall admitted that construction on the lane, which began in January, is going quite slow because there are not enough labors at this construction site.
Redemptorist graduate Kuagoon Piyawong, who now works at a mobile-phone booth at the school, and school graphic artist Mongkol Kawrut said they and others using wheelchairs on the street are having great difficulties as the street is damaged and full of potholes. At night, they have to attach flashlights to their chairs so they can be seen by cars when they navigate around parked cars blocking their route.