With erosion cure tangled in red tape, Pattaya funds its own beach-restoration pilot project

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Nowadays there isn’t much beach left up near the Dusit curve at high tide.  And since a more permanent solution is tangled up in national red tape, Pattaya City Council is listening to suggestions on how to begin fixing the problem with its own budget.

With a long-term solution to Pattaya Beach’s rapid erosion still tangled in bureaucratic red tape, city officials have approved a 15 million baht budget to test the suggested cure on the worst-affected stretch of shoreline.

Pattaya City Council approved the pilot project to be carried out along 50 meters of beachfront near the Dusit Curve, in partnership with the Aquatic Resources Research Institute at Chulalongkorn University.

Nowadays there isn’t much beach left up near the Dusit curve at high tide.  And since a more permanent solution is tangled up in national red tape, Pattaya City Council is listening to suggestions on how to begin fixing the problem with its own budget. Nowadays there isn’t much beach left up near the Dusit curve at high tide.  And since a more permanent solution is tangled up in national red tape, Pattaya City Council is listening to suggestions on how to begin fixing the problem with its own budget.

Pattaya Deputy Permanent Secretary Sutham Phetges said Inthana Construction Co., Ltd. has submitted a proposal offering suggestions and guidelines on how to urgently fix the erosion problem.

Pattaya Deputy Permanent Secretary Sutham Phetges says Inthana Construction Co. Ltd. has submitted suggestions on how to urgently fix the erosion problem. Pattaya Deputy Permanent Secretary Sutham Phetges says Inthana Construction Co. Ltd. has submitted suggestions on how to urgently fix the erosion problem.

The proposal calls for hauling sand from a Rayong estuary to fill 15 meters of beach and protecting it with sandbags, then adding more sand for another 35 meters.

The project, officials estimated, would take 90 days.

A 380 million baht plan to do similar work all along Pattaya Beach is currently awaiting approval at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment with work not expected to begin until at least the end of the year.

The ARRI last year warned that unless steps are taken, Pattaya Beach will disappear within five years.