Bangkok Metropolitan Administration inspects progress of public area reclamation

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BANGKOK, 15 September 2015 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has carried out an inspection of recently reclaimed public space at Khlong Thom and Saphan Lek markets.

The BMA officials advise that the area is now open for public use. The Crown Property Bureau had earlier ordered vendors illegally occupying the two areas to be relocated. There were no street vendors in sight during the inspection on Monday.

The administration prepared venues at SC Plaza Mall near the Southern Bus Station and Chulalongkorn University for the relocated 2,700 vendors from both Khlong Thom and Saphan Lek markets. The officials also stated that the removal of illegal constructions in Saphan Lek would better facilitate the flow of waste water into a nearby sewer drain.

BMA has established a working committee to reclaim public space from intruding vendors, while searching for new areas for them to continue their businesses. The committee is to meet next week for an inspection of areas near Phra Arthit pier, Tha Chang pier and Bang Lam Phu market.