Pattaya will take 60 million baht of the money earmarked for rebuilding Pattaya Beach to solve shoreline flooding problems by installing up to four new drainage pipes.
At a Nov. 10 meeting, Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay confirmed the city will implement a variation of the suggestions made a week earlier by Thanawat Jarupongsakul of the Chulalongkorn University Department of Geology, which has been the consultant to the city on the Pattaya Beach refill project.
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay conducts a survey along Puek Plub canal in Naklua to improve drainage efficiency in the Naklua market area.
Thanawat said a 1.25-kilometer pipe, two meters wide, was needed running from the sea at Soi 6/1, the current site of four ineffective pumps. A 200-meter-long pipe should be installed at the Dusit Curve to connect with the existing drainage network, and a 47-meter connecting pipe at Walking Street, the site of another pump, he said.
Thanawat’s original estimate on installation of the pipes was 190 million baht.
Khakhay said the original proposal created concern that such long drainage pipes would contradict the beach-refill project’s environmental impact report, which has already been approved. Therefore it was decided to shorten the pipes and install a fourth drainage pipe at Soi 10.
Moreover, the deputy mayor also commissioned a survey along Puek Plub canal in Naklua, which will be assisted by representatives from the New Naklua Market and Puek Plub canal communities, to add more channels for draining water.