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Managing the Infrastructure Needs of Hua Hin


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Managing the Infrastructure Needs of Hua Hin



Managing the Infrastructure Needs of Hua Hin


Members of the National Legislature Council of Thailand and Thailand Senate have visited Hua Hin to meet with the Mayor, Hua Hin municipal executives and staff.  The main purpose of the visit was to engage  in discussions and solutions for the infrastructure needs of the city.


According to the Hua Hin Mayor, Hua Hin is currently facing three main problems. The first problem concerns the increasing number of garbage in the city. Garbage has been dumped near the Thanarat Military Camp; however an effective plan to deal with this problem has to be implemented. Traffic congestion in central Hua Hin is also a problem that needs to be solved immediately. Particularly during weekends and public holidays when traffic jams are frequent. Traffic police and local authorities must work together to find an effective way to tackle the problem. Water supply issues were also acknowledged of the dependence on Pranburi Dam and Phetchaburi Dam. With the increasing future needs for water, steps have been taken to resolve water production and supply issues. The Hua Hin Mayor raised other equally important ways to improve Hua Hin. The visiting authorities said that they would present a report about the matters raised to the National Legislature Council of Thailand shortly. Plans To Accelerate Improvements to the Canal Road and Railway Intersections.


The Hua Hin Municipality wants to develop the canal road and develop improvements to vehicle access in nearby intersections as an important priority to reduce traffic congestion and safety. Cooperation by the Irrigation Department and State Railways of Thailand is vital to these improvements. Development of the canal road includes the western side of the canal with an allconcrete surface and with completed storm water drainage planned. Sections of this western side are currently unsealed and a dusty surface resulting in inconvenience for both users and local residents. Further work to this road requires the permission of the Irrigation Department. The canal road begins at Wong Prachan in the Bor Fai area and known as Kan Klong. It is an important bypass for traffic to move to and from the downtown area. Improvements to the canal road began in November 2016 and the work is due to be completed in September this year. Additionally there are plans to improve intersections and railway crossings in the Bon Kai area where vehicles travelling along Soi 88 encounter major traffic congestion. The railway crossing is a bottleneck for traffic especially during holidays and other busy periods.


The Hua Hin Municipality has requested authorisation from the State Railways of Thailand to expand the width of the road and to install additional boom-gates to improve safety and traffic flow. The Municipality is also accelerating plans for the construction of a railway bridge at the Bon Kai intersection.


For more information contact the Hua Hin Municipality Office by calling 0-3251-1047 extensions 301, 302, and 303 during office hours. Water Supply Improvements.


Mr. Montree Chuphu, the deputy mayor of Hua Hin, said that the Pranburi Dam had more water now than in the past three years, and Hua Hin principally depended on the water from this dam. In Hua Hin alone, there are 5 reservoirs where water is cleaned, filtered and chlorinated according to the international standard. About 67,000 cubic metres of tap water can be produced daily which is sufficient for about 300,000 people. However with more people visiting the city this may not always be sufficient, resulting in some areas experiencing sediment in their water.


People in Hua Hin have been complaining about turbid water and inaccessibility of water resources in some areas. Mrs. Kamrai Phibulthai, 60, a seller of street food in Bor Fai, said that she needed water to cook but the water was turbid. Living in Soi Hua Na, Ms. Kingfah said that it had been almost 8 years that her family had to buy water for consumption at home. It costs her around a thousand THB every two or three months. The Hua Hin Municipality is currently building a new water pumping station in the area known as Bo Kham. The station will be able can pump 500 cubic metres per hour from the 1-Sai Yai or Sai Mai canal. The pumped water will be sent through a pipeline for treatment and use as tap water for the city.


This Department of Irrigation project will allow the municipality to store water because of the supply from the canals in question is very reliable. The Hua Hin Municipal Office started these construction projects in December 2016 with completion due in August this year. The station will be able to at least 12,000 cubic metres daily to make water supplies more secure. Additionally some water pipes in Hua Hin are as old as 50 years without a sufficient budget to renew these pipes. The deputy mayor of Hua Hin added that new water pipes were being installed in Khao Takiab areas and in Chong Khao Dang. The Provincial Waterworks Authority is helping the municipal office to reduce expenses and to effectively solve water problems in a sustainable way. However local people see an increase in their water accounts.. For more information contact the Hua Hin Municipal Office, Water Works Division Phone: 032 511 667 during office hours.


Source: http://www.huahintoday.com/local-news/managing-infrastructure-needs-hua-hin/


--Hua Hin Today 2017-3-20

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