Added budget set aside to finish construction of 181 new police stations


BANGKOK, June 30 — The Royal Thai Police will receive a budget that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) allocated and will let supervisors of each identified station hire their own contractors for the quick construction of new police stations.

Deputy police chief Pol Gen Worapong Chewprecha chaired a meeting to accelerate the construction of the police stations.

Earlier the construction of 396 police stations nationwide was stalled, but the Peace and Order Council action releases the logjam.

The NCPO allocated Bt8.357 billion in addition to a previously remaining budget of Bt2.4 billion to complete the 181 unfinished police stations at which old structures were already removed. Building 215 other police stations will be funded by the 2015 fiscal year budget.

Provincial police are permitted to form committees to work out median prices for the construction and managers of each station can sign their own contracts for quick construction.

The process can start as soon as the NCPO transfers the budget to the police.

The Royal Thai Police is assessing damage caused by PCC Development & Construction Co, the previous contractor that failed to build the 396 new police stations.

After the assessment, the police office will sue the company. PCC Development & Construction Co obtained the contract for the construction of all police stations nationwide during the tenure of the past Abhisit Vejjajiva government.