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Projects under the Tak Bai Model for Development in the Deep South

November 13, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center is working with various agencies in Narathiwat province to carry out eight projects under the “Tak Bai” model for development in the deep South of Thailand.
The Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center, Police Colonel Tawee Sodsong, stated that the Tak Bai model is designed to develop a gateway for border trade, in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). It reflects the richness of natural resources in southern Thailand, the lifestyle of local residents, and their great potential for further development.

Sharing a border with the Kelantan State of Malaysia, Tak Bai is one of the 13 districts in Narathiwat. It consists of eight subdistricts and 53 villages, with a population of about 66,000. Eighty percent of local residents are Muslims and 20 percent are Buddhists. Most of them are engaged in rice farming, rubber cultivation, orchard farming, and husbandry.

In the first project under the Tak Bai model, a bridge across the Sungai Kolok River will be constructed to shorten traveling time and facilitate goods transportation between Thailand and Malaysia. The bridge will also help enhance Thailand’s competitiveness and promote trade, investment, and tourism, as the region heads toward the AEC in 2015.

The second project seeks to construct a customs warehouse in the Khok Chako in Na Nak subdistrict to accommodate border trade between the countries in the upper ASEAN region and those in the lower part of ASEAN. Apart from facilitating transportation, the warehouse will speed up products distribution to three border checkpoints, namely Tak Bai, Sungai Kolok, and Buketa.

The third project calls for the zoning of entertainment places in the Hat Sadet and Ban Ko Yao areas. It will help maintain safety and security for tourists, who come mainly from Malaysia.

In the fourth project, a dyke will be built to prevent repeated flooding and bank erosion along the Sungai Kolok River in Kosit subdistrict. The project will also prevent the problem of the overlapping claims area and acts of unrest in the deep South.

The fifth project seeks to build a kaem ling (“monkey cheek”) water retention system in the special industrial zone in Na Nak subdistrict. This project is necessary, as it will help ease flooding from the Sungai Kolok River and store water for use in the dry season.

The sixth project seeks to prevent coastal and beach erosion at Ko Yao beach, Ban Ko Yao, located near the Tak Bai District Office.

In the seventh project, a power plant will be constructed, with the installation of windmills, in the Ban Ko Yao area for wind energy, which will be an environmentally friendly plant. The project will reduce the cost of buying electricity from Malaysia.

The eighth project seeks to build a floating market and the Ko Yao Bridge across the Sungai Kolok River. It demonstrates the close relations between Thai people and waterways, and it will also provide a place for people to sell local goods, such as seafood and other products.

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