I am writing in response to the article featured in Chiangmai
Mail No. 30, page 2, about the new roads to be built. Now, while I do
admit I am a very big fan of anything new, this article horrified me when I
first read it.
I think everybody who hears the words ‘road’,
‘construction’ and ‘Thailand’ in one sentence will immediately have
a few nightmare-like flashbacks about some construction on a road here in
Thailand. A quite recent experience of mine was that giant gap on one side
of the Canal Road which made you take a detour down the side of the road
where you couldn’t even see the road leading down there, much less at
night. After a few weeks the gap was filled up with rocks and sand but the
tar layer hadn’t been applied yet, the result being two uncomfortable
bumps when these were tackled at too high speeds because of the visual
obstruction of the curve just before.
And I don’t think I have to say much about the Khwan
But now to my point: why does the Thai government think
they need to spend millions of baht on constructing new roads when, first of
all, the roads they want to expand are perfectly capable of accommodating
enough cars, and second, the currently existing routes are filled with
potholes which should be repaired first. They should at least invest money
into road repair before spending money on new routes which are going to be
lined with potholes a week after they’re finished anyway.
Another problem I wish to point out is the general
strategy of road repair in Thailand. It’s just not smart to start paving
three out of four lanes of a highway during Friday afternoon rush hour when
everybody behind the wheel is agitated from work and wants to go home. A
better way of doing this would be to do it in the middle of the night,
But all in all, I must say that the government is trying
to improve as much as they can and I’m pretty happy with the way
everything in Chiang Mai is and works.