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Pattaya Daily News

07 May 2010 :: 17:05:03 pm 19914

Protracted Jomtien Roadwork’s Are a Disgrace to Pattaya

Jomtien residents, businesses and street vendors have begun to protests their grievances over the protracted Thappraya/Jomtien 2nd road constructions continuing affect on their livelihoods and the prolonged negative image being presented to visiting tourists.
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Pattaya, the 7th of May 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Local residents and business people have expressed their concern to the relevant administrators over the labouring nature of development in the Jomtien 2nd road project, namely the area adjoining the Thappraya road and the partly formed section of Jomtien 2nd road behind the Con-Buri Immigration offices. Having started construction over 3 years ago, the local population is becoming ‘fed-up’ by the protracted development which is adversely effecting business in the area as well as continuing to pose a significant health and safety risk for residents and tourists.

Numerous businesses have seen a marked downturn in customers, with some having close and/or relocate entirely. The poor condition of the road around the Hanuman Statue going around the bend towards Jomtien Beach road has seen severel serious accidents over the last 3 years with numerous numbers of minor incidents going unreported. Locals of the area state that there is at least one motorcyclist injured from losing control of their motorbike every two days. Recently, during Wan Lai (Songkran) celebrations, a 5 years old child fell down into a deep, uncovered drainage ditch, fortunately for the child he was rescued immediately by a local resident and escaped the incident relatively unscathed.

Meanwhile, behind the Chon-Buri Immigration Offices, on the unfinished section of Jomtien 2nd road that will connect with the Thappraya road, various developments, businesses and street vendors have begun to reconsider the choice to operate in the area as construction on the road has come to a grinding halt. Pools of stagnant water are evident along both sides of the road, with broken water pipes and rubbish collecting in the area starting to smell and become a significant health and safety risk as well as creating an unsightly look.

The evening market, that gathers to operate in front of the 7-Eleven on the Hanuman bend, have reported severe drops in business over the last 3 years with the 500 baht rental cost becoming too high for many to manage. Various vendors have come together to petition the local administrators into some form of action, however; no response has been heard at present.

Mrs. Kannika Waengwan, a street vendor from the market stated “the 500baht rental cost is too high when we have to deal with the constant dust issues and a decrease in customers to the market.” Whilst Mr. Sa-ad Jakkaew, a Somtam food seller, described his constant battle to keep his food clean whilst maintaining business in the struggling area adding “I am sick of it, why don’t the local council do something about it.”

Around the corner near the Chon-Buri Region 3 Revenue Offices, Mrs. Jimniang Boonsong, operator of a beer bar, has stated that she had been struggling with the decrease in business in the area for several years, barely making ends meet. Mrs. Boonsong also stated that she had received a letter on the 23rd of April 2010, ordering her to demolish the frontage to her business (within three days) because it was encroaching on the planned roadway. Having complied with the official notice, no construction work has commenced in the area as of the 7th of May 2010, over two weeks since the notice was given. According to Mrs. Boonsong, several other businesses in the area had been given similar notices whilst other has been ordered to move entirely from their operating site.

Fresh calls have been voiced to the Pattaya City Hall and relevant administrations to correct the issues and complete the roadway for the benefit of all residents and businesses in the area. The area around the Hanuman statue is considered the ‘Mouth to Jomtien’ and as such the effects of the protracted roadworks are also effecting on the already declining tourism industry flowing into the city.

The Pattaya Engineering department declared that several issues had been hampering the construction efforts, including; expropriation issues, contractor issues and administration disagreements. An unnamed spokesperson from the office stated that the project included electrical, water, telephone and several civil divisions which have not been able to agree on certain aspects of the development, significantly contributing to the prolonged delay in the finalised construction of the road.

No response has been heard from within the Pattaya City hall administration, who is also presently overwhelmed with complaints regarding the poor quality of the recently finished Pratamnak section of the Thappraya Road.

Photographer: Wanida

Reporter : Sirithanon   Category : Community News

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