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Power pole left in the middle of the road – but nobody mentions it might be dangerous

A story about a power pole left in the middle of construction of a new concrete road hit several Thai media outlets.

But neither the Tnews story nor one in more detail from Manager mentioned that it might be dangerous if anyone tried to use the road.

Both news media were trying to find out who was responsible.

The local administration in Ao Yai, Trat, in Thailand’s east, blamed the electric company. While the electric company blamed them for not telling them it needed to be moved.

The result was that the pole remains almost squarely in the middle of Soi Lung Somporn as the road nears completion.

Apparently some locals said the road should be redirected because of fears of subsidence from a pond but there was a lot of miscommunication.

The electric company told Manager they would move it when they get the paperwork.

The local mayor Rangwan said his hands were tied – he had to get a move on now it was the rainy season and build the road and felt there was no problem in moving the pole later.

Everyone seemed to think it would all get sorted – and no one mentioned it could pose a hazard even though there appeared to be no lighting in the area.

Thai Visa

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