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Hanging wires: beautification of Samui begins

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Hanging wires: beautification of Samui begins

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SAMUI: -- Work has begun in earnest to bury the unsightly wires and cables that blight tourist spots on the holiday island of Koh Samui.

Workers from the Electrical Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) working in conjunction with ten other cable companies have started on the work in the Chaweng beach road area of the island, reported Thairath.

They hope to eventually bury some 3.1 kilometers of wires in the area at a cost of 380 million baht. The Chaweng work should be completed by the end of 2018 with some 1.3 kilometers of work to also be done in other areas of Samui.

Chaweng was given the priority because it is a high profile tourist area.

The start of work follows a lot of comment recently about the problem of ugly and possibly dangerous electrical wires and cables hanging from EGAT posts. The issue even came to the attention of Bill Gates who commented online about the issue facing Thailand and other countries.

The work has actually been in the pipeline for three years but has been hurried along recently after senior government figures got involved.

Panumat Limsuwan of EGAT said that the work is a joint operation of the electrical authority and ten other companies. The first stage, he said, is to cut out wires and cables that are no longer being used then to bundle up those that are used in a neat way.

Authorities are currently offering the work of burying the wires and cables out to tender.

Source: Thairath

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-- 2016-07-12

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Out to TENDER. That's the magic word.

The work has actually been in the pipeline for three years but has been hurried along recently after senior government figures got involved.

It all makes sense now.

I suppose they are the same people supplying the canvas for the rubbish tip.

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10 million euro for 3 kilometer of wire.....underground...

Maybe a zero too few or much again?

But that road floods regularly right? Maybe it's even more dangerous after they changed it. And while they're at it, also fix the smelly drainproblem.

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I'd have started with burying the thousands of tons of trash.

I've never been gagged by the smell of ugly wires.

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I'd have started with burying the thousands of tons of trash.

I've never been gagged by the smell of ugly wires.

Me too, the worst problem at Chaweng mainroad is the very loud noise at night so nobody can sleep. In our resort they all waited untill 6 am for the noise to calm down and we could go to sleep.

The 2nd problem there is the smell of the drains, the 3rd is the agressive ladyboys at night.

But i haven't been back to samui for more then a decade so it might be different now.

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10 million euro for 3 kilometer of wire.....underground...

Maybe a zero too few or much again?

But that road floods regularly right? Maybe it's even more dangerous after they changed it. And while they're at it, also fix the smelly drainproblem.

Yes, it seems to me the smelly drain problem is far worst as far as tourism is concern, at least it's the modest opinion of my olfactory buds sad.png

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It would be great if they at least started to bundle the wires in Pattaya--and get them above waist height in so many places.

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Makes me wonder...

Is lamai cleaner...? Less wires? Less odor?

I would like to be close to chaweng and lamai, yet not experience wire problems, odor

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Just because you take away something God-awful ugly doesn't make it part of a beautification plan....

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Just getting rid of what has not been used for the past 20 years or so is probably enough.

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Out to TENDER. That's the magic word.

The work has actually been in the pipeline for three years but has been hurried along recently after senior government figures got involved.

It all makes sense now.

I suppose they are the same people supplying the canvas for the rubbish tip.

I would have put it otherwise, that is to say why not use canvas to cover those wires?

I'm sure they simply did not think about it, it could be suggested maybe gigglem.gif

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The various hanging cables were also neatly tied up some years back – Samui's first cable-clean-up project – but seem like that lots of new cables been added since then, and some of them did not find their way up together with the previously neatly tied ones...

Just need to compare with our private road, where I paid EGAT to tie up the cables about 7 years ago, when I also paid for changing a pair of the cement posts, but unfortunately some of the new cables (mainly Internet, I presume, but also mains from meter to private house) are just hanging underneath.sad.png

But glad to see the work being redone smile.png, so one don't walk into a hangig cable – may even be a live wire...whistling.gif

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Out to TENDER. That's the magic word.

The work has actually been in the pipeline for three years but has been hurried along recently after senior government figures got involved.

It all makes sense now.

I suppose they are the same people supplying the canvas for the rubbish tip.

Beat me to it Rooo! Maybe someone should invite Bill Gates to have a look at the rubbish tip too? I am sure that he would have an appropriate comment to make, especially as the PM has been involved to no avail!

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Out to TENDER. That's the magic word.

The work has actually been in the pipeline for three years but has been hurried along recently after senior government figures got involved.

It all makes sense now.

I suppose they are the same people supplying the canvas for the rubbish tip.

I would have put it otherwise, that is to say why not use canvas to cover those wires?

I'm sure they simply did not think about it, it could be suggested maybe gigglem.gif

I think the poster was being facetious by suggesting canvas be used to cover the rubbish tip! How about a 50,000 gallon bucket of whitewash?

Still, at least something is being done to "beautify Samui" (cheesy.gif ), rather than just talk about it!

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Would make more sense to replace the copper with fibber optics, so the only copper wires are from a nearby street utility cabinet, the cabinets would be networked by one fibber company.

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