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Bill Gates come back! Burying of Pattaya’s hanging wires begins 19th February

The unsightly hanging wires of Pattaya and other main Thai cities are being buried underground.

The work will begin in North Pattaya on February 19th and continue there until June. Eight other roads will follow.

A meeting at City Hall yesterday between the Mayor Anan Charoenchasri, provincial electrical authority chief Bunleu Ungbamrungphan and other concerned parties announced the latest developments in the beautification of Pattaya.

The government have targeted Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hat Yai and Korat (Nakorn Ratchasima) for the burying of cables. Work has already been ongoing for some time in Bangkok.

Nearly two years ago computer mogul Bill Gates remarked that Thailand was a mess of tangled wires spurring the military government to jump-start plans. Mr Gates had posted holiday snaps of the wires online.

Now more than 3 billion baht is being spent on the four main cities in the provinces to improve safety and make the cities more beautiful.

Bunleu said that work would begin in Pattaya with a 230 million baht initial budget on February 19th after a February 14th rubber stamp from the interior ministry is obtained.

The following nine roads will be beautified over the next few years .

1. North Pattaya

2. Central Pattaya

3. Sukhumvit

4. Pattaya Sai 1 up to Bali Hai

5. Pattaya Sai 3

6. Pattaya Sai 2

7. Soi Lengki and Soi Bua Khao

8. First stage South Pattaya

9. Second stage South Pattaya.

Bunleu said 90% of survey work had now been carried out.

The North Pattaya stretch is scheduled to be completed by June 30th.

Thai Visa / Komchadluek



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