Workers start fixing malfunctioned solar cell power poles in Deep South

The Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre has arranged for workers to fix the malfunctioned solar cell power poles in three restive southern border provinces after complaints from residents that many of the power poles have stopped working after just a couple of days of operations.

In Tambon Patae of Yala’s Yaha district for instance, only 10 of the 97 solar cell power poles installed are still operational while the rest have broken down.

Mr Barudin Baraheng, a member of Tambon Patae municipal council, said Thursday that about 20 of the power poles had been fixed and became operational after workers were sent by a contractor to conduct the maintenance.

He said that lighting from the power poles would help facilitate the travel by residents out of their homes or to mosques to perform religious activities during the fasting month of Ramadan.

More than 14,000 solar cell power poles were installed in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces to provide lighting to the rural villagers as a substitute for electric poles. However, most of the solar cell power poles broke down after a few days of being used.

Several residents filed a petition with the branch office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission in Yala demanding a probe into the construction project for suspected corruption.