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25 January 2013 :: 17:01:59 pm 70903

Pattaya Safety Overpass Built For Disabled Citizens

The safety and convenience of the disabled community is a concern for government officials, who gave their blessing for a pedestrian overpass project next to the Phra Maha Thai Vocational School. The project will improve the safety of hundreds of people crossing the busy street daily.
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PATTAYA – January 24, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 2:30 p.m., a ceremony was held for the construction of a pedestrian overpass at the Phra Maha Thai Vocational School for disabled people.

Among the honorees were Mr. Prasert Janruangthong, assistant minister of the Ministry of Transport and Communication; Mr. Preun Suwanthat, the assistant minister of Ministry of Transport and Communication; Mrs. Thitima Chaisaeng, the secretary of minister of Ministry of Transport and Commnunication; and Mr. Viroj Jongcharnsittho, the director of the Port Harbor of Thailand.

The dignitaries were visiting to check the operation of work of the foundation and to survey the construction of overpass for disabled people. The overpass will also be the first project as part of the ASEAN agreement that will build an elevator for the disabled.

Welcoming the visiting dignitaries was Mr. Ronnakij Akasing, Deputy Lord Mayor of Pattaya; along with priest Picharn Jaiseree, the chairman of Phramahathai Foundation for handicapped people, and other groups on hand to welcome everyone.

Mr. Prasert said that the transport Ministry recognizes the importance of the project to benefit the disabled. “To support the convenience for handicapped people and all the other people for their convenience and safety equally is a very important thing,” he said. “The construction of the overpass for handicapped people is needed for the adjustment to the surrounding environment, and to include the service for all people. The Ministry of Transportation and Communication recognizes the importance of this project and is willing to support the construction of the overpass.”

Mr. Prasert also praised the foundation as a charity organization that develops the quality of life for disabled people in all aspects through services such as their career center for disabled people and the development center of Orthistic children.

More than 300 handicapped people always come to use services of the foundation, and they have to go to work in many areas, which require them to cross the street in front of the center, so the construction of the overpass at this location is an important thing for handicapped people and other people who want to cross the street, he said.

This project is to build the assurance for people with concerns about the safety of lives and property, and is meant for public use for all Pattaya people and tourists in the future.

Mrs. Thitima also emphasized that the Ministry of Transportation and Communication will work with the disabled people and organizations for the disabled and related organization closely in order to serve the population and achieve the greatest public usefulness for everyone.

In the last month, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication has emphasized several transportation priorities to further address the needs of the disabled in six major areas that include the Sathorn port harbor, Bangkok; Don Muang airport; Hualamphong train station; Bangkok bus station (Jatujak); the subway train station; and Bangkok’s mass transportation facilities.

Projects planned for those locations will be adjusting their environments to support the transportation for disabled people, which will start to see an overall improvement in March 2013.

Mr. Preun said that the construction of the Pattaya overpass will be useful for the disabled as well as normal people, because it is located in a crowded area with many passing pedestrians that include the disabled. A budget of 15 million THB has been allocated as part of the budgeting plan in the year 2014.

Mr. Viroj said that “to support and develop the quality of life of handicapped people is very important in developing our country. In the past the Thailand Port Harbor emphasized the importance of recruiting the handicapped to work, in order to provide them with suitable occupations, and they already have shown that they have power and capability to develop the country as well as other ordinary people.”

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Community News

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