Pattaya announces 3-phase flood-mitigation project

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Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngampichet met with city engineers and sanitation staffers, Marine Department officials and the consultant to the ongoing Pattaya Beach restoration project to discuss a three-phase plan to reduce flooding on Beach Road.
Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngampichet met with city engineers and sanitation staffers, Marine Department officials and the consultant to the ongoing Pattaya Beach restoration project to discuss a three-phase plan to reduce flooding on Beach Road.

Pattaya officials said they have a three-phase plan to reduce flooding on Beach Road, but although details were lacking for the 3rd phase.

Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngampichet met Oct. 25 with city engineers and sanitation staffers, Marine Department officials and the consultant to the ongoing Pattaya Beach restoration project.

The meeting was called in response to another disastrous rainy season in Pattaya where, unable to use existing pipes to drain water from Beach Road efficiently, the city demolished parts of the shoreline footpath to let water drain into the sea, cutting huge swaths out of a beach currently being rebuilt at the cost of more than a half-billion baht.

Poramet said the first urgent stage is to clean out all the pipes leading to the beach and manage the existing drainage system at critical points.

The second phase, he said, calls for improvement of the existing drainage system along Beach Road, including relatively new, wide and long pipelines at Soi 6/1 and near the old pier in South Pattaya.

Old pipes will be linked with the newer, larger pipelines every 30 meters so that water moves through them at 0.6-3 meters per second. Any slower and sediment builds up and clogs pipes. Any faster and the pipes break.

The third phase, Poramet said, would entail long-term development. No other details were forthcoming.