More About Northeast Thailand, Blue Highways and Pot Hole Heaven

The other day I posted  Mahasarakham, Chii River and Post 2011 Flood Road Repair in Northeast Thailand And Khin Prasit the person who has taken the time over the many years we have been acquainted help explain many aspects of Thai Government, society, culture and law that I otherwise would never have learned. The comment he posted might be of use to others driving Thai roads so I post it here along with another look at pothole heaven in Northeast Thailand. This a rural road the lies from south to north feeding road 22 west of Phang Khon, Sakon Nakhon.
I do not think it is a road. It must be a dike.As far as an organization charts say highways with a garuda and a single ,or two ,or three or four digit numbers are under highway department.

For example, highway # 213 from Mahasarakam to Sakhon Nakhon is under the department.
Others with a diva and different number together with two letters indicating a province are under rural road department of the Ministry of Transport.

The one under our consideration now must be a dike along Chii river. It is not under the Minister of Transport. It must be under the responsibility of the Irrigation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation.

There was a case in Nongkhai. In the province the improvement and maintenance of the road alongside Mekhong river from the City to Thabo district used to be very difficult. The fact that it was a dyke it was not under Highway Department with the result that there was difficulty in funding.

Under a certain governments the Ministry of Transport is more powerful than the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation.
That happened many decades ago, but you have already known the rest of the story.

Next time I go to Mahasarakam I will try this road.

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