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Patong Mayor Pian Keesin: concerns about sustainability now a priority

Another 3000 Resort Rooms Coming in Patong, Says Mayor

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
PHUKET: The number of resort rooms in Patong would grow by 3000 rapidly, Mayor Pian Keesin said yesterday, with developments around the southern end of the bay and at Tritrang beach.

Already the west coast hub had to import electricity and water and the need for a focus on ''sustainability'' was growing, he told a meeting of Patong Municipal Council.

Mayor Pian said that Patong was using 30,000 cubic metres of water a day but the holiday city only had the capacity to treat 25,000 cubic metres of wastewater.

When asked what happened to the missing 5000 cubic metres, the mayor did not respond. He said there was a need to have the capacity to keep pace with waste water.

By the mayor's estimate, 600,000 to 700,000 people regularly use the city's infrastructure but only 19,907 citizens are registered residents.

He said he believed the population of Patong could grow even larger - possibly to one million - at times during the high season.

Those figures may not be precise but the mayor did say Patong alone was producing 180 tonnes of garbage a day, with the fee for disposal paid to Phuket City Council amounting to 540 baht a tonne.

''We cannot stop development,'' the mayor said.
''From now on, we have to pass on knowledge about sustainability. The environment is the most important thing.''


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''We cannot stop development,'' the mayor said. Bali did it, why not Phuket.

Posted by Roger on September 11, 2013 12:11


Looks like we are going to lose tritrang beach....damn!

Posted by DSI Watch on September 11, 2013 14:38


We cannot stop development: and WHO has to stop it???????

Posted by dave on September 12, 2013 08:53


No respect for nature, no programming of sustainable development, money spent just to crazy projects and unnecessary (the sign on the beach), no control over building permits, no rules, only corruption. The children will pay the debt, huge, that fathers are piling up now ..

Posted by richard on September 12, 2013 09:09


Tri-Trang beach has long been eyed for development. It's only a matter of time before it becomes an extension of Patong. Enjoy it while you can guys.

Posted by geoffphuket on September 12, 2013 12:50


Tri-Trang beach is long gone already ! Illegal restaurant built past the treeline, hideous green metal fence all the way along the shoreline.... I used to love going there 3 or 4 years ago, now its just a hideous mess. Maybe it will look better once the hotel is built and the crap has all gone, but I doubt it. So sad.

Posted by Very Sad on September 12, 2013 13:15


Patong mayor Pian really means "we do not WANT to stop development". But stop it we must, as Bali has done

Posted by Guenter Bellach on September 13, 2013 18:29


Pave paradise and put up a parking lot.

nuff said

Posted by Graham on September 18, 2013 16:49

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