A previously postponed project to redevelop the South Pattaya Canal is now scheduled to get underway in April now that officials have straightened out years of property encroachment issues.
The Chief of the Pattaya City Engineering Department, Sompope Wandee announced on March 14 that the 58-million-baht project is all set to get underway which will see workers dredge, widen and beautify the canal, work is expected to take two months to complete.
He said once work is compete the canal will look natural and pleasing to the eye and has a chance of becoming a new tourist attraction here in Pattaya.
The plan to renovate the canal was first made back in 2015, however a number of illegal structures built over the canal meant plans had to keep being postponed.
The structures were said to be a legal issue but more than that they were also preventing water from running through the canal out into sea during storms, further adding to Pattaya’s flooding issues.
Sompope said that the canal encroachment has been an issue for the last 20 years or so with people claiming public land as their own for residential and business purposes.
He said the canal was built to handle 65,000 cu meters of water a day, however that number has since been drastically reduced by structure built over the canal.
Plans are currently being finalized to expand the canal to be able to handle as much as 150,000 cu of water per day by the year 2020.
Source : Pattayamail
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