Authorities in Pattaya are planning to widen the beach in Chon Buri province to about 35 meters in order to prevent erosion. In addition to that, the new move will help in attracting more tourists which will boost tourism revenue at the seaside resort town.
The sand-fill project of Pattaya is scheduled to begin in October 2014 and will take approximately two years. Reports say that the entire project will cost 430 million baht and will include the extension of the three-km beachfront to the eventual 35-meter width, which will take 36,000 cubic meters of sand. It has been reported that the first 15 meters of the new beach will have a sandbag wall as an embankment, while the rest will be of sand.
The new beachfront will reportedly stretch for 2.7 km and will cover about 60 rai. Itthiphol Kunplome – the mayor of the city for the past six years – has initiated the beach extension project in 2010. The mayor had requested help from the government agencies, as well as local business owners.
The sand which will be used in the project will be the closest to the kind on the Pattaya beach and found at other beaches in Chon Buri and Rayong.
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