BMA on path to seek joint investment for Sky Walk construction


BANGKOK, 15 June 2012 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is in a search ofd business partners in the planned construction of the Sky Walk in the capital’s central district.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Theerachon Manomaipiboon said that the BMA, on Thursday, held a meeting with representatives from the Ratchaprasong business group about the progress in the planned construction of the Sky Walk, underneath the city’s BTS Sky Train track.

Mr. Theerachon stated that the survey on public opinion found that more than 70 percent are supporting the project, which is expected to facilitate traveling by foot greatly.

Thursday meeting also agreed that the construction will be divided into 2 phases.

The first phase is named the Bangkok SkyLink, which focuses on the expansion of the existing pathway from Amarin Plaza to Gaysorn Plaza. The enlargement of the 100-meter elevated corridor is expected to be completed by October, according to Mr. Theerachon.

The second phase, which is dubbed the Bangkok SkyLine, will be constructed between Gaysorn Plaza and Platinum Mall. The 500-meter walkway construction is expected to get the green light by next week.

The Deputy Bangkok Governor said that the actual construction is expected to commence by July and take around 1 year to complete.

He added that the cost of construction of both phases, estimated at around 400 million baht, is set to be responsible by the private sector.

He also assured that the project will not have any serious impact on the heavy traffic condition in the area.