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Why no action: Problems of  Phuket's Tachatchai Checkpoint  explained

Why Tachatchai Never Seems to Work Properly

Thursday, November 14, 2013
PHUKET: The Tachatchai Checkpoint never seems to function properly because there's no budget and no formal owner, a team of Phuket authorities discovered as they toured the facility today.

Vice Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada and other officials learned that the Phuket administration paid for the checkpoint's construction six years ago and handed it to the Royal Thai Police but the facility's staffing and maintenance had never been properly funded.

It was more Cop Shock than Crock Shock when officials saw conditions for the officers who staff the checkpoint, and reached the quick understanding that the facility could never work properly without management and a budget.

There were no sheets for the beds of staff upstairs, and damaged toilets.

Motorists tend to treat the checkpoint as a bit of a joke because the statue of a policeman, provided by a tour company, sometimes seems just as animated as the live officers.

It's plain that a properly staffed and functioning checkpoint could increase Phuket's safety and security and choke off a lot of the illicit drugs trade.

Passersby hadn't realised until today that the checkpoint was not properly staffed and that there was no maintenance budget.

Mayor of Mai Khao Sarawoot Srisakukam, who has a role to play because the checkpoint is in his area, will next contact the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation.

Although the checkpoint is based in Mai Khao and the local council provided 24 million baht for recent expansion work, the checkpoint benefits all of Phuket and should be under the control of the PPAO, the touring officials figured.

"The most important thing is to determine who is responsible for this building,'' the vice governor said. ''Phuket Province gave this building to the Royal Thai Police, but they didn't register it as belonging to them, so it wasn't set up to belong to Royal Thai Police, and still has no owner.

''And it means no one organises the annual budget to look after the check point. The problems has lasted for six years.

''I am here today to check, and I don't think Royal Thai Police can handle the budget because the checkpoint costs a lot of money. The electricity bill is almost 100,000 baht a month. We need to find a solution.''


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A gateway to Phuket with no one taking responsibility- quelle suprise! No wonder even elephants end up 'smuggled' into Phuket.

Posted by Mister Ree on November 14, 2013 19:38


Doesn't it work normal? It looks so nice, from the outside, isn't that enough?

Posted by Anonymous on November 14, 2013 19:56


You couldn't make this stuff up, could you?

Posted by jimbo34 on November 14, 2013 20:50


Amazing Thailand!

Posted by Max on November 14, 2013 20:54


electricity bill is almost 100,000 baht a month

no wonder if you keep your doors open as usual when i drive by..

Posted by Keen on November 14, 2013 21:57


Checkpoint between provinces, for what? In Europe borders have been taken down between many countries ( Schengen ) and here they wanna have a border control inside the country. IF security and police in general would function and work as they should, this thing wouldn't be necessary at all.

Posted by Resident on November 15, 2013 06:33


Switch the air con & the coffee pot off & get out & do some real policing. (i) the electric bill would be less; (ii) they might catch a few more criminals - inc the smuggled elephants

Posted by Logic on November 15, 2013 13:28


Why did they build the new checkpoint? One may think to check the old budgets and who build it to what cost. Why are the toilets broken? And shame on the stationd officers for not getting their work place fixed. Should be enough good governance budget available.

Posted by Lena on November 15, 2013 13:46


IF it made money it would work....

Posted by Jaded on November 18, 2013 09:13

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