A proposal for a 2.9 billion baht mega development in the Cape Bali Hai area of Pattaya has received a 60% vote of approval at a public hearing.
The hearing, chaired by deputy mayor Ronnakit Ekasingh, was attended by about 300 representatives of government agencies including the Marine Department, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Sattahip naval base as well as tourism businesses and community leaders.
Mr Ronnakit said the development would support the tourism industry and people’s livelihoods, in line with the government’s Eastern Economic Corridor development plans.
Phisut Technology Ltd had been commissioned to make a study of the development of the Bali Hai cape area, to make Pattaya a sustainable tourist hub. Songkrit Sappakit, the study manager, said the proposed project would cost about 2.9 billion baht.
The three main features of the plan:
- A terminal for cruise ships at the tip of the cape, with a two-storey administration building;
- A recreation area near the Bali Hai boat pier, covering about 15-rai. This includes a four-lane access road and an open space for various activities. The waterfront would be expanded with structures to be built including a department store, a second boat pier, a sky walk and a passenger terminal for the planned light electric train; and
- 3. A 38,000 square metre commercial area near the existing Walking Street.
The proposal will go to the EEC for consideration before it is forwarded to the cabinet for approval.