Local government officers on the morning of February 6 converged in the first “Phuket Clinic Center” meeting of the year 2015 at the Provincial Hall in Phuket town. President Paiboon Upattising chaired the meeting attended by local administrative government officers, PPAO executives including Chief Administrator Watcharin Pathomwattanapong, Council Chairman Theera Jiasakul, council members, and division heads.
The Phuket Clinic Center aims to alleviate and correct difficult situations and disasters faced by the public. The Center also encourages participation by all agencies. The first meeting focused on the proposal to tackle the draught which is already affecting certain areas of the island. To this end, the meeting learned that Department of Local Administration granted a fund of 5,824,000 for the renovation of a water reservoir in Moo 5 of Tambon Mai Khao. The works to be carried out include: dredging no less than 37,166 m3 of the reservoir area; moving of soil for no less than 10 km; and compressing about 1,815 m3 of soil. Bids for construction works have been received from 13 companies. After initial inspection, it was found that 12 companies qualified for the works. The winner will be announced on February 10, 2015. Work is expected to last 120 days from the date of signing contract. For the fiscal year 2015, PPAO has allocated a budget of 4,380,000 baht for the improvement of the public water system in Thalang to tackle water shortage in Tambon Mai Khao. The work will involve construction of a high-level water tank equipped with a pump and containing 30 m3 of water, a clear 100-m3 water tank as well as a filter tank capable of filtering 10 m3 of water per hour. Furthermore, the meeting also studied proposal to prepare for water shortage. To this end, the Planning Division of PPAO has requested a list of necessary equipment needed to deal with water shortage problem from the Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office. Finally, the meeting discussed basic infrastructure, expansion of roads, and other public development works in Phuket.