Pattaya plans to move 46 kilometers of overhead electrical wiring underground by early next year as part of a Provincial Electricity Authority project focused on four major cities.
Deputy Mayor Apichart Virapal chaired a March 24 meeting on the PEA project with city council officials, engineers and construction staffers. The 11.7-billion-baht project will be carried out through 2021 in Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Apichart said the first phase of the project already is underway on Central Road, which has been dug up so that messy jumbles of power, telephone and utility lines can be placed in sealed pipes under each side of the thoroughfare.
The entire project is slated for 290 days. That takes work on the northern side into rainy season, which often leads to delays.
Apichart said cable and wire relocation also will be carried out on Sukhumvit, Beach, Second, Third and South roads, and sois Buakhao and Lengkee by early next year.
At the same time, additional electrical equipment will be installed to increase the stability of the power grid.
Officials said the wire relocation is aimed not only at beautifying cities, but improving the reliability of the electrical system.