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Street Vendors Blamed For Damaged Pavements

Bangkok, Wed Jul 05 2017
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Street vendors have been blamed for damaged pavements in more than 500 Bangkok spots from the Bang Na to Rama I areas in a recent inspection by City Hall authorities.

Wanchai Thanomsak said yesterday he and about 50 other Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) authorities spent eight hours on Saturday inspecting the pavements in southern Bangkok, from Soi Lasalle to Yotse Bridge, beyond the Pathumwan intersection.

The inspection found most of the damaged pavements, including broken drainage covers, were along the beginning of Sukhumvit, Ploenchit and Rama I roads, said Mr Wanchai, who recently took on the role of deputy city clerk. More than 100 traffic signs were also damaged, he said.

District offices and the Traffic and Transport Department must take immediate action to repair the damaged pavements and signs, the deputy city clerk said. During the inspection, Mr Wanchai found households discharging water on to the pavements through drainage pipes. Sometimes the water is released from higher floors and falls on pedestrians passing by, he said.

Authorities were told to talk to building owners about keeping the pavements clean and not to discard of water on the pavement. Another point to be discussed is that tree pots need to be kept clear from footpaths.

After the inspection, Mr Wanchai said he had given a one-day deadline to district officers to improve the pavements under their supervision. He did not say if all the flaws had been corrected the next day, or if any officers failed to meet the deadline or faced disciplinary action.

After Saturday's initial inspection, the next will be on July 15, from Asok to Rama III roads via Klong Toey; and on July 16, from Hua Lamphong train station to Phra Khanong via Rama IV Road.

Since October last year, street vendors, including those in so-called ‘lenient areas’ that had earlier been permitted by the BMA for use by vendors, have been banned from pavements under the clean-up campaign along the inspected route.

On Monday, a group of about 30 vendors, some of the 3,000 street vendors forced out of business by the ban, went to City Hall, demanding the Bangkok governor revise the measure and allocate parts of the pavements for them to restart their businesses.

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