The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) have ordered a cleanup of trash and rubbish along rail tracks in Bangkok following a complaint on social media by a foreign tourist that went viral.
A Japanese tourist’s photos of broken glass, concrete, and trash alongside the rail tracks in Bangkok’s Phaya Thai district have triggered public concerns on social media, who urged authorities to look into the incident as it affects Thailand’s image to international tourists.
In response to the outcry, Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt inspected the site and said the scene was the result of the demolition of illegal homes along a 1.2-kilometer section of track. The demolition took place last month in preparation for the construction of the Don Mueang-Suvarnabhumi-U-Tapao high-speed rail route.
Ekkarat Sriarayanpong, head of the SRT governor’s office, said a cleanup team established by the SRT and BMA has been ordered to remove garbage and clean up the area. A fence will also be erected with a warning sign forbidding anyone from entering or using the spot to dump their waste in the future. (NNT)