PHUKET: The Phuket Marine Office chief today trounced rumors that the 240-million-baht budget for an airport-to-Patong “sea taxi” had been approved.

“I do not know how the rumor that it was already approved was spread,” Phuket Marine Office Chief Phuripat Theerakulpisut told the Phuket Gazette.

Director of the Marine Office 5 Wichai Khamkong plans to raise the issue of the budget for the project, known as “From The Boat to The Plane” (story