Chonburi’s recently appointed governor toured Pattaya, checking on infrastructure problems and urging the city to do a better job of public relations.
Gov. Thawatchai Srithong was escorted around the city by Deputy Mayor Manote Nongyai and a phalanx of bureaucrats, police and soldiers Nov. 1.
The group visited North Road where the Provincial Electricity Authority’s work to bury overhead wires and remove utility poles is complete, the ongoing construction of a pump station on Soi Khao Talo, and Jomtien Beach to view the routes where similar wire work will be done.
The governor also visited Jomtien Beach to see the result of the major landscaping project finished in 2020 and Thepprasit Road, where an ongoing flood-drainage project, the subject of social media drama fueled by misinformation.
Facebook addicts had claimed that the unfinished road was complete and complained that sewer grates were left seven centimeters higher than the road surface. In fact, the road isn’t done and final surfacing and leveling will be done soon.
Thawatchai said the abundance of social media misinformation means Pattaya City Hall needs to ramp up its public relations work so that the correct information gets out to the public. The governor said all levels of government need to give the public more channels to contact administrators other than the official complaint center.
So, despite denouncing social media for its fake news, the governor appointed Oct. 1 said he launched his own Facebook page to spread the word and communicate with the public.