Chonburi governor orders Pattaya to clear flood-channel obstructions slated for removal in 2009

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Two years after promising to demolish structures blocking South Pattaya’s storm drainage canal, Pattaya officials have been told to actually do it by Chonburi’s governor.

Following record flooding Sept. 11 that paralyzed the city, Gov. Wichit Chatpaisit ordered city officials to immediately dismantle structures built along the klong that for years have been blocking runoff from entering the flood canal.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome two years ago made a great show about the city’s plan to remove all the structures, but work stopped shortly after press cameras left the scene.

Banglamung District Constable Phongsith Pijnant investigates buildings blocking the South Pattaya canal. Banglamung District Constable Phongsith Pijnant investigates buildings blocking the South Pattaya canal.

Banglamung District Constable Phongsith Pijnant said garbage that also was blocking the canal running from the Camelot Hotel east of Second Road to the waterside Siam Bayshore Hotel & Spa has now been cleared, but man-made obstructions remain.

He said district officials will monitor Pattaya City efforts to remove the buildings. He said demolition would begin anew Sept. 20.