Cabinet approves Bt517 million to develop 4 southern provinces


SURAT THANI, Oct 22 – A cabinet meeting in this southern province has approved a budget of Bt517 million to develop 27 projects which can begin immediately in four southern provinces along the Gulf of Thailand.

The four provinces are Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Surat Thani itself.

Government Spokesperson Sansanee Nakpong said those projects cover the development of logistics system and of tourist attractions in Surat Thani to link with other islands nearby such as Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, and Mu Koh Ang Thong National Park.

The Transport Ministry is to be responsible for the projects, including highway improvement, a distribution centre in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Tung Song district, and temple renovations.

The Cabinet also approved a flood prevention project in the four provinces’ economic zones, as well as underwater cable laying to Koh Phangan so residents there can enjoy more access to electricity.