Siam Country Club residents erect protest sign

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Soi Siam Country Club residents outraged by extreme delays in completing reconstruction of the thoroughfare have gone beyond complaining verbally. They’ve erected a sign.
Soi Siam Country Club residents outraged by extreme delays in completing reconstruction of the thoroughfare have gone beyond complaining verbally. They’ve erected a sign.

Soi Siam Country Club residents outraged by extreme delays in completing reconstruction of the thoroughfare have gone beyond complaining verbally. They’ve erected a sign.

“Help! Construction has been going on for nearly two years and it’s nowhere near completed. Traffic jams, flooding and accidents happen often and it’s affecting the people!” the sign put up in front of the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation reads.

Roadwork, detours and inconvenience related to installation of new drainage pipes and resurfacing of the road began Jan. 25, 2016 and was supposed to be completed April 4 this year. But in May, Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit said the construction had been halted indefinitely due to heavy rain and flooding.

Residents and business owners, with many having to close their shops due to the inability of customers to reach their stores, rose up in anger, slamming the sub-district for botching the job and ruining their lives.

Mai on June 13 said the work now will be done by November, but he changed his reason for the construction delay.

He said the project was broken into two parts, with the first section running from the railroad tracks to the Raiwanasin market. The second half goes from the market to the Mitkamol intersection.

While the first part proceeded on schedule, the second proved to be much more complicated than expected, Mai said, due to the proximity to an electrical sub-station that controls many other public utilities, including sewages and flood-drainage. The work is delicate and has proceeded more slowly than planned, he said.

The mayor said he understands the hardship people have endured, but asked people to be more patient and understanding.