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Phuket Governor Aims to Speed Project Approvals

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
PHUKET'S GOVERNOR Wichai Praisa-nob complained yesterday at lack of speed from the Phuket Provincial Office of Natural Resources and the Environment in the building project approvals process.

His criticism came in the second day of marathon meetings of his special committee on enviromental approvals, which now oversees all Phuket developments.

Governor Wichai yesterday wanted reports-back transcriptions from the department on eight project approvals that were discussed on October 7. He did not get them, and the developers are waiting to proceed.

''You have a C9 [a high level of salary] but you are working like a kindergarten child,'' he told one official, who promptly burst into tears.

The latest committee meeting began on Friday and occupied most of Monday.

On Friday, 31 projects were discussed in sub-committees. Yesterday, the Governor headed a meeting of the full committee.

Twenty-eight of the projects have been approved, while three requests have been made for more information.

The approved projects are:

The Home Place Condo
Maeluan Road, Phuket City

The Art at Patong
Condominium, Pang Muang Sai Ko Road, Patong

West Sands Phuket
157 rooms, Mai Khao beach

Rawai Palm Beach Resort
198 rooms, Rawai sub-district

Chalong Beach Hotel and Spa
Moo Five, Rawai

Two Storey Townhouses/Shophouses
22 units, Soi Puntaokong, Wichit

Four Storey Townhouses/Shophouses
29 units, Moo Five Rassada

Three Storey Townhouses/Shophouses
25 units, Soi Kaitsin 2, Rassada

Four Storey Townhouses-Shophouses
24 units, Soi Bangshelao, Rassada

Single Storey Building
14 rooms, Soi Tuyng-Jalern, Wichit

Single Storey Building
24 rooms, Wichitsongkran Road, Kathu

Three Storey Townhouses/Shophouses
20 units, Patak Road, Rawai

Nawathara Boutique Resort
37 rooms, 4233 Rawai Subdistrict

Single Storey Building
21 rooms, Soi Sahakom, Kathu

Rayaburi Patong
Room improvements, Sawatdirak Road, Patong

Two Storey Building
15 units, Soi Bang She Lao, Rassada

TTN Apartments
59 rooms, Soi Bang Pru Tian, Patong

Patong Pearl Mansion
40 room addition, Sawatdirak Road, Patong

Baan Thalay Condotel
78 rooms, Baan Khotanod-Baanlayan, Cherng Thalay

Six Storey Townhouses/Shophouses
54 units, Soi Paneng, Rassada

Kata Ocean View Condominiums
Phase 4, 40 rooms, Karon

Ananda Beach Resort
35 rooms, Karon

High Style Condominiums
44 units, Kathu-Patong Road, Patong

The Indy 2
59 plots, Kathu-Khokeaw Road, Khokaew

Single Storey Building
16 rooms, Tungka, Thaladyai

Phunaka Golf Course

Rumsantipab Project
78 rooms, Chalong

The Cape Hotel
51 rooms, Wichit, Cape Panwa

The three project for which more documentation is required are:

Srisuchart Grandview 5
Moo 6, Soi Prachasamakkee, Rassada

The Green Place
Eakwanid Road, Rassada

The Taj Exotica
Lon Island, Rawai
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''You have a C9 [a high level of salary] but you are working like a kindergarten child,'' he told one official, who promptly burst into tears.

LOL. Governor Wichai must be tired of waiting for things to get done.

Posted by Anonymous on October 24, 2009 18:20


Good for the Governor got to put these guys right and get Phuket moving

Posted by Michael on October 24, 2009 21:50


Yeah, moving toward even more un-sustainability and environmental impact. How much sewage can we pump into the ocean before total destruction ?

Stop the Greed !

Posted by E.L.F. on October 25, 2009 11:10


Sorry E L F and others.When Phuket is so messed up, I and others will simply move away, ( yes to the rest of Thailand ), leaving all those money hungry cheats, and BS..ters left to pick up the sh!(. That that is what is left behind.

Posted by Graham on October 25, 2009 17:22


After visiting Patong again, I would suggest a change in name. It should be called Patong City.

The city, where the rain is not going away. Looks like a lot of infrastructure has to be build or in three to five years you can rename for the monsoon season in New New Orleans or Little Bangladesh.

Can some one tell me, if the beach is getting smaller? Looks like to me... But it is not so obvious as in Khao Lak, where only one year make a big difference.

Posted by Lena on October 25, 2009 17:29

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