(CTN News) – In order to boost tourism along the Andaman coast, the Thai government has started a number of transport infrastructure projects in Phuket, an island state in the south.
On Friday, Crime Minister Srettha Thavisin looked over the projects that were still going on.
The Transport, Tourism, and Sports offices, which are led by Suriya Jungrungreangkit and Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol, are in charge of coordinating these. Chai Wacharonke, a spokesman for the government, said that Prime Minister Srettha was told about the projects at Phuket Airport.
The plans include building a second airport in Phuket for 5.8 billion baht, improving Krabi airport for 2.7 billion baht, and building an international airport in Phangnga’s Takua Thung district for 80 billion baht.
The 3.98-kilometer Kathu-Patong motorway and the 30.26-kilometer Muang Mai-Koh Kaew-Kathu motorway in Phuket are two other plans.
The Department of Highways also wants to add four lanes to Highway No. 4207, which is 4.55 kilometers long, and build an exit at km marker post No. 34+680.
Andaman Coast Phuket could be a good
The prime minister was optimistic about Phuket’s prospects and said it could help the economy grow again by showing how to use economic stimulus. The 61-year-old PM said that Phuket could be a hub for tourists going to Krabi and Phangnga, which would create a tourism cluster along the Andaman cost.
The spokesman also said that the prime minister told the right groups to make sure that tourists in Phuket are safe and happy from the moment they arrive until they leave.
Also, PM Srettha went to the building site of the Kathu-Patong motorway and talked to locals about their thoughts on traffic problems caused by tourists. He stressed that the government was committed to speeding up projects to improve the province’s facilities so that it could attract more tourists.
The government is ready to back the plans. He also said that the projects would be sped up to make room for tourists. During his trip to Phang Nga, he was also told about the planned international airport, which will be built on 7,400 rai of land in the province’s Takua Thung district.
He said that the project shouldn’t hurt the people who live nearby and that they should get fair payment for any land that is taken away. Suriya, the Minister of Transport, has said that the Ministry of Transport is planning to suggest seven infrastructure projects worth 148 billion baht to improve Phuket’s land and air travel.
According to the Bangkok Post, these projects include extending roads, building overpasses, and building a second airport in Phuket.
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