The budget of 18 million baht was approved yesterday by the Tourism and Sport Ministry, said Phuket Senator Tunyaratt Achariyachai, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Tourism of the Senate.
Next will come the process of seeking a design and deciding where the tower should go on the top of the hill, which is already a popular destination for Thai visitors and Russians tourists.
News of approval of the tower comes amid rising interest in plans for the top of Toh Seh Hill, which is taller but less developed so far for tourism.
The twin hills are well-known landmarks in Phuket City.
Approval of cash for the Rang Hill ''Phuketview Tower'' will come as a surprise to many as there has been little public discussion about the project.
It's part of a sizeable upgrade in spending by Tourism and Sport on Phuket, which only developed a toilet block at Cape Prompthep last year but aims to spend 86 million on four projects on Phuket this year.
The other projects are a sports stadium at Thalang (24 million baht), enhancement of Sino-Portuguese history in Phuket Town (20 million baht) and development of the new two sisters museum and historic park in Thalang (24 million baht).
Rang Hill is popular with Russian tour buses especially as well as locals who enjoy an outing in the cooler hilltop air.
Two popular Phuket restaurants, the Phuket View and Tung-Kha, are located on the hill and were joined by a third, the Khao Rang Breeze, last year.
Rivalry between the hilltops could develop if eating facilities are to be enhanced on Toh Seh Hill, which is reached by a roadway leading up from Phuket City's administrative heart.
The Rang Hill project would be overseen by Phuket City council and newly elected Phuket City Mayor, Somjai Suwansupana.