Phuket locals take road repairs into their own hands

If you want something done, you have to do it yourself. This was the credo that a group of four local Phuketians had when they started making repairs to a small section of damaged road in front of the Samkong Temple on the bypass road, close to the Sam Kong underpass construction site, last week.

Somsak Jaupsri, Kanin Raksaraj, Jiradet Sawatdichan and Suthisak Srikong, are all former rescue workers. They decided to do something about the damaged road because they were sick of hearing about so many accidents occurring in the area. After collecting enough money, around 350 baht, they set about filling in the damaged sections of road with asphalt.

The group received a lot of positive feedback on facebook and other forms of social media, going to show that no good deed goes unrecognized. Seeing this act of ingenuity and kindness, other residents offered to help pay for more asphalt in future and some even offered to lend a hand with future repairs on other roads.

In recent news, concerns have been raised about the safety of the Sam Kong Underpass project and luckily this act of improvisation has drawn attention to the issue. Prompted by the good deed and other public voices, Governor Nisit Jansomwong is now looking into the safety precautions of the project, to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

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