Overhead cables around Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai are to be brought underground

Chiang Rai provincial governor Narongsak Sosotthanakorn on Monday presided over the launch of a project to bring all the overhead cables of public utilities underground.

The area chosen for the first launch of the project by the Chiang Rai's civil and town planning office and Chiang Rai's office of the Provincial Electricity Authority is the famous Wat Rong Khun in Tambon Pa-or Donchai, Muang district.

Under the project, all the overhead cables such as electric wires and telephone lines which are seen as an eyesore will be removed and put in tubes and buried underground.

Mr Chalermchai Kositpipat, a national artist who designed and built Wat Rong Khun, said the removal of all the overhead cables would improve the environment around the temple.

He noted that Thai people in general felt indifferent to the presence of cables hanging overhead, but not in some foreign countries where the overhead cables were treated as an eyesore and they were put underground.

He said that many tourist attractions or historical landmarks overseas were free from overhead cables because they were considered as an eyesore that spoils the landscape in their surroundings.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)