Chonburi’s new governor is learning the issues facing
his constituents, most recently hearing about flooding, traffic and drug
problems in Panthong District.
In a Nov. 1 visit to the area, Gov. Wichit Chatpaisit
and his top deputies heard a briefing from Panthong District Chief
Lersan Sasipong about the source of flooding, traffic bottlenecks and
community programs aimed at stemming drug use.
The flooding, Lersan said, starts with water in
Banbung and which gathers momentum in Nonghong. Water also rushes into
Panthong from the Panatnikom and Bancherd sub-districts. Finally, the
Seeyad Dam overflows into the Luang Canal, causing more problems.
The traffic comes from insufficient road capacity
leading to the Amata Nakhon Industrial Estate, Lersan said. Both
Sukprayoon and Ban Gao roads suffer heavy congestion with problems on
the single-lane Ban Gao particularly troublesome.
The district chief said drug use is being tackled
through community projects, such as the White Plant and Community
Prototype projects. A joint police-community volunteer patrol project is
also working to make the streets more drug-free, he said.
Lersan said the growth of the Amata Nakhon
development to 6,000 rai has resulted in more than 200 people requesting
services from the district government. As a result, Panthong has
performed additional training for bureaucrats, he said.