Pattaya Mayor Poramase Ngampiches inspected Walking Street in South Pattaya on Friday, August 25th, after the tourist attraction street underwent a modern upgrade to remove its unsightly power poles.
Poramase, along with other city officials, participated in the ceremony to open Walking Street in South Pattaya following the success of the major dismantling project of utility poles on the street.
The road, for the past few months, had gone through a lot of construction to facilitate the underground relocation of electric and communication cables. Walking Street is one of the nine designated routes in major areas ordered by the government to remove overhead cables, including Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Pattaya, and Nakhon Ratchasima.
This comprehensive initiative is scheduled to span five years, involving the participation of various stakeholders, including representatives from communication line providers, Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) officials, local police officers, and citizens.
Nine similar projects have been carried out in Pattaya, with a budget of 3.13 billion baht. Six of them have already been completed, Poramase stated.
“The relocation of messy overhead cables constitutes a positive step for the city’s tourism as Walking Street holds significant importance as a landmark for both Thai and foreign travelers,” he said.
The relocation will also allow large fire trucks to reach places on the street in time in the event of a fire. The mayor confirmed that the remaining projects elsewhere will be completed by 2024.
City officials did not comment on proposals and requests by business owners for allowing street signs at certain heights or new lighting ideas. The recent removal of all overhead neon street signs on Walking Street was a polarizing idea, with some business owners furious.
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