On October 28th, Niwit Aroonrat, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over the 2nd public hearing on the Phuket International Conference Centre construction. The report of Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) of the project was presented in the event. This public hearing and EIA presentation were done by King Mongkut Institute of Technology Lardkrabang (KMIT Lardkrabang) and Phuket Rajabhat University to present the alternatives of construction to the related sectors and local residents.
The public hearing allowed the related sectors to share their opinion about the project. It also made them understand the survey and analysis relating to the project as well as information change and academic idea sharing. The Treasury Department received 2,600 million baht of budget from the government (Thai Kem Khang Project Phase 2) to construct the conference centre in the state property no. Phuket 153 in the area of 150 Rai near Mai Khao Beach. The conference centre would have capacity for 6,000 seats.
From this public hearing, most of the audience agreed with the construction since it had been talked about for 15 years. However, they worried about the design of the conference centre which should better present Phuket uniqueness and be attractive. Other concerns were car parking, water system, balance between building and green area, security system, helicopter park, water treatment system, local participation, traffic, disease prevention, first aid areas, rubbish management, evacuation plan, and professional conference centre management.
Pitak Direksoontorn, the Director of State Property Management Office 2, Treasury Department, informed that the government agreed to extend the construction period of the project to 2014. Consequently, the department spent 11.5 million baht hiring KMIT Lardkrabang to survey EIA and present it to Office of Environmental Planning and Policy by the end of this year. If everything was OK, the project construction could be started in 2011, by recruiting a designing company. It was estimated to take 26 months in construction and the project could be finished in 2014.