Five suburban hubs planned


BANGKOK, 14 November 2012 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced a plan to decentralize the growth of urban areas by designating five locations around the capital as commercial areas.

Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning committee member Preecha Ronnarong said the development plans, including new mass-transit lines and high-rise building projects, are to be launched in Bang Na, Bang Khen, Ram-Indra, Min Buri and Taling Chan districts.

Mr. Preecha said the plan will be implemented by May of next year, elaborating that it would also allow private developers to construct underground rail junctions.

He suggested that Bangkok and nearby provinces, such as Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani, adopt a unified development plan to foster growth.