Work continues, slowly, on central Pattaya wheelchair route

Friday, 07 March 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By  Jetsada Homklin

Construction is still quite slow on a 3 million baht raised wheelchair path near the Redemptorist Vocational School for Persons with Disabilities.

Work began on the 15-centimeter-high path connecting the Redemptorist School with Big C Extra on Dec. 26, but there was little evidence of any progress visible by Feb. 11. City hall claimed the delay was due to a shortage of construction workers.

Construction is progressing slowly on a 3 million baht raised wheelchair path near the Redemptorist Vocational School for Persons with Disabilities.  The path is critical for wheelchair using residents at the school, for the area can be quite dangerous.  City hall says the delay is due to a shortage of construction workers, which, as shown in this photo, means no workers in the middle of the afternoon.Construction is progressing slowly on a 3 million baht raised wheelchair path near the Redemptorist Vocational School for Persons with Disabilities.  The path is critical for wheelchair using residents at the school, for the area can be quite dangerous.  City hall says the delay is due to a shortage of construction workers, which, as shown in this photo, means no workers in the middle of the afternoon.

“We all hope Pattaya will complete the project as fast as possible for the convenience and safety of the disabled,” said Redemptorist school technician Surasak Lakhummun, 36. The project, however, is not scheduled for completion until June 23.

Since it was announced in October, the wheelchair route has been a repeated source of disappointment for disabled students and staff. The path from Big C Extra on Central Road down Soi Paniadchang to the Father Ray Foundation was initially expected to be separated by traffic by a barrier.  Instead, it simply a slightly raised surface separated only by a painted line, with no expectation traffic police will ticket anyone parking on it.

No construction workers were seen at the site at 4pm Feb. 25.No construction workers were seen at the site at 4pm Feb. 25.

School director Udomchok Churat said he remains hopeful drivers will respect the wheelchair route’s boundaries. “We have rules and when one does not follow rules, everything will be destroyed,” he said. “Areas reserved for disabled are usually taken by non-disabled individuals. Therefore, there should be a thorough educational campaign. Everyone should be kind and have self-discipline and respect one another.”

Surasak said he was pleased to see workers actually moving forward on the route, but expressed concern that street corners still lacked ramps to exit the raised path.

 

 

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