The mayor of Pattaya supported the project to install new drainage pipes beneath the railway-parallel road, but only bad news on its completion was provided.
At a forum held in the Chumsai Community on May 3, Mayor Poramet Ngampichet took questions and addressed grievances on the facilities and services provided by the city.The delayed completion of the disruptive roadwork beside the rail tracks received the most criticism. Residents complained about the project’s stated repair for ongoing flooding as well as ongoing road work, traffic, and delays.
Poramet defended the plan, claiming it would stop water from Nongprue from flowing downhill into Pattaya. When pressed about a deadline, he acknowledged that the job had been put on hold until at least October.Pipeline contractors ran afoul of plans for the SRT’s high-speed rail station due to poor planning and even poorer collaboration with the State Railway of Thailand.
The pipelines must now be redirected to dump water into the Nok Yang canal, but funding won’t be available until the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.Therefore, the project will still take a little longer than expected because the railway road is yet unfinished.
According to Poramet, the city’s contractor is running behind schedule as a result of the pipe-route issue as well as a manpower shortfall.
He claimed that the city kept fining the contractor and was pressuring them to repair the road. But it doesn’t seem to be having much of an impact.