Pattaya, Chonburi –
Pattaya City officials confirmed today that they plan to clear the area at the Lan Poe Naklua Public Park for the construction of a parking building for popular local markets to boost domestic tourism.
The construction project proposed by Pattaya City has been approved from relevant offices and a public hearing has agreed for the construction to take place, with significant approval from local business owners, prominent citizens, and market vendors in Naklua. The Pattaya News notes, however, that some local residents who utilize the park or take their children to the playground were opposed to the plan. Comments on social media have been mixed, with some criticizing the removal of green space in Naklua with others commenting that the nearby markets, especially once tourism restarts, badly needs more accessible parking.
Today (May 19th) the Pattaya City Deputy Mayor Manot Nongyai and the director of the Pattaya Environment Office Mr. Suthee Thapnonghe inspected the Lan Poe Naklua Public Park.
Mr. Manot told The Pattaya News, “Pattaya City is going to build a five-floor parking building for nearby popular markets to boost tourism in this area, especially domestic tourism. The design of the building will have a special “green” design that is environmentally friendly and to fit in with the nearby area.”
“The trees in the vicinity of the public park will be moved to other areas in Pattaya and will not be harmed. This area will be cleared to build the parking building which will greatly benefit local vendors and business owners. We have plans for more green spaces in other parts of Pattaya and are nearly done with a much larger and spacious park in nearby Jomtien.” Manot stated.
“The parking area will be for 239 cars which can service about 2,000 cars per day. The total budget for the construction is 90 million baht.” Manot concluded.
The exact timeline for construction, as well as the estimated completion date, has not yet been set into stone, notes The Pattaya News. The project has been on the drawing board for some time, delayed by both the Covid-19 situation over the past year as well as public hearings to gain support from local residents for the project.
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