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Residents of Chang Dao Furious Over Road Construction Delay
CityNews – On the morning of 5th July 2012, one thousand people marched along Chiang Dao’s Route 107, protesting about the eight-year delay in road construction.
The governor on stage talking about the road in question
One thousand people gathered to protest and shut down Route 107 between Chiang Mai and Fang. Construction started on the road in 2005, but then the contract ended, leaving six kilometres of uncompleted roadwork, that has led to an increase in the number of road accidents say locals.
Local villagers tried to solve the problem by consulting Sahamit International Engineering Ltd. The company promised to speed up construction and finish April 2012, but there has been no progress whatsoever.
The villagers had a gathering along the route, demanding to meet with the Minister of Transport. At 9 a.m., M.L. Panadda Diskul, Governor of Chiang Mai, Thanin Somboon, Deputy Director General of Operations at the Ministry of Transport, and Chulapun Amornwiwat, Thailand Parliament Representative of Chiang Mai, joined the meeting to help find a solution.
The contractors agreed to complete construction within two months, finishing by the end of August 2012. If it is unsuccessful, the Governor of Chiang Mai has promised to take the issue directly to the Minister of Transport to sign a memorandum of understanding.
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