Caring for the tourism image, the Pattaya City Council urged Mayor Poramase Ngampiches to take good care of freshly dug-up palm trees that have recently been removed from the beach and not abandon them to dry out like older ones previously.
Damrongkiat Pinitkan, a Pattaya Council member, questioned Poramase during a meeting today, September 23rd, about the tree planting project, which has been running on the beach since 2021 but had reportedly been hampered by citizen complaints, as many people did not want some trees removed.
In response, the mayor said Pattaya City is in the process of renewing a contract with the project contractor, Nong Nooch Land and Gardenscape company. The contract will be extended from September 2022 to December 2024 or 820 days. In the meantime, the company will remove about 130 palm trees from the beach and re-plant them at Eastern National Sports Training Center.
Older sea almond trees will not be removed after protests from environmental groups. New trees and flora will also be planted, according to the Pattaya mayor, and the area will be not barren of trees as some residents feared.
Then, Damrongkiat urged the mayor to take good care of the trees, citing that each of them cost a lot of money and that he should not abandon them to dry up like the ones that have previously been removed from traffic islands.
It is reported that after all the trees are gone, the city will move on to resize the pavement to allow more space for vehicles and traffic and then plant further trees in the future.
At this time Pattaya Beach road will be expanded only to Soi Four and not the entire length of the beach, according to city officials, citing concerns from environmental groups. The project will also take place one small section at a time, according to the Pattaya mayor, to avoid any traffic delays or issues.
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