Pattaya Beach drainage-system upgrade on schedule

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The 193-million-baht upgrade of the Pattaya Beach drainage system remains on schedule for completion in December.

Workers on Oct. 7 were installing a large cache basin to trap rubbish near Soi 6 with the torn up road and heavy machinery continuing to cause traffic slowdowns on Beach Road.

At the Dusit curve in North Pattaya, contractors have already installed two-meter-wide drainage pipes running 1.2 kilometers with a combined sewer overflow system and steel bars that act as a sieve to prevent trash from flowing into the sea. Box culverts 3×5.8 meters were also installed with bars to trap rubbish as well.

The PSI Engineering Co., Ltd., installing 3 meter wide pipes near Soi 6 Pattaya Beach Road, have said they are likely to complete the project by December.The PSI Engineering Co., Ltd., installing 3 meter wide pipes near Soi 6 Pattaya Beach Road, have said they are likely to complete the project by December.

PSI Engineering Co.’s contract began May 22 and is slated to complete Dec. 17. Actual work has been moving along for only two months and the job is estimated to be half done.

When complete, new, wide and long drainage pipes run under the Dusit curve, Soi 6/1 and near the old pier site in South Pattaya.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay said the sewage vaults are necessary as they act as the tunnel joints and as the final defense to trap rubbish.

Flooding has been a major problem over the years and it affects the sand as well, causing it to erode. Completion of the project is hoped to ease flood-drainage flow and counter the rain to protect the beach.