PEA begins to upright leaning towers of Pattaya

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Provincial Electrical Authority workers erect a new utility pole in Naklua, one of a string of 11 leaning and crooked utility poles being replaced between Naklua sois 23 to 29. 

The Provincial Electrical Authority has begun replacing a string of leaning and crooked utility poles in Naklua.

After numerous complaints and delays about the dangerous and unsightly electricity poles, PEA workers last week replaced and repaired 11 poles between Naklua sois 23 to 29 and installed a sturdier high-voltage pole in front of the Photisampan Vittaya School.

Provincial Electrical Authority workers erect a new utility pole in Naklua, one of a string of 11 leaning and crooked utility poles being replaced between Naklua sois 23 to 29. Provincial Electrical Authority workers erect a new utility pole in Naklua, one of a string of 11 leaning and crooked utility poles being replaced between Naklua sois 23 to 29.

The well-known problem of off-kilter poles is not restricted to Naklua. Meetings on the leaning towers of Pattaya began in October and more meetings are scheduled through March about similar situations on Soi Nok Khao, Soi Khopai, Soi Yume and Central Road.

The PEA said installation of new poles was not only to recover its employees’ shoddy workmanship, but to accommodate the increasing number of cables needed to power the city. The hope is the number of ugly, tangled wires will also be cut, helping to beautify the city.

Besides the fact the new poles actually sit up straight, they are 20 centimeters taller and a bit thicker. With heavy traffic, installation was a bit risky for workers and power is cut in areas being serviced from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.