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Jomtien beach renovation interrupted after dredger experiences mechanical problems

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The major beach renovation project in Jomtien has been halted for a while after the dredger used to suck up sand and replenish it further broke down.

According to the authorities of the coastal city of Pattaya, a new dredger will arrive at the end of October and the project will continue immediately.

In July this year, the first phase of a multi-year Jomtien beach renovation project designed to halt coastal erosion and extend the coastline was restarted after months of hiatus as a sand dredging permit was finally approved after months of delay, city officials said. .

The replenishment area is now closed to public access along the approximately 400m stretch of the beach and is located on the south side of Jomtien Beach Road. The project is now completely at a standstill while all machines have been temporarily removed from the construction site.

The project leaders of the Italian-Thai company, who have been contracted for the beach extension, told “Snelle Jelle” our furious reporter that unfortunately, they have to stop their work for the time being due to the problems with the dredger.

Company representatives didn’t elaborate on the exact mechanical issues that slowed the work but assured Jelle that they wouldn’t take as long as it did earlier this year while waiting for a dredging permit.

According to the Italian-Thai company, the new dredger is larger than the previous one, faster and more efficient. The total beach extension project, estimated to cost 586 million baht for the first phase of a multi-year plan, will proceed immediately when the new dredger arrives, according to company officials.

The more popular parts of Jomtien Beach, located near Dongtan Beach, are not expected to expand until the end of 2022.

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