BANGKOK, 20 April 2011 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is speedily installing 20,000 CCTVs around the capital city in an effort to ensure safety for people in line with the Pracha Wiwat social welfare scheme of the government.
According to Bangkok Deputy Governor Dr Teerachon Manomaiphibul, the BMA is installing 10,000 CCTVs in the first phase of the plan, and 8,000 of them have already been completed. The rest are expected to be completed by October this year.
As for the second phase involving another 10,000 CCTVs, the BMA will gradually conduct auction for private companies to participate in the project pending the government’s budget allocation. The two phases will need a budget of no more than 200 million baht each.
Installation of more CCTVs will be focused in community areas around Bangkok in order to ensure safety of people. The BMA hopes to complete the project before Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra completes his term. In addition, the deputy governor said the BMA will invite the private sector such as 7-Eleven convenient stores, commercial banks and BTS sky train to help in ensuring public safety.
The BMA has targeted to install 200,000 CCTVs around Bangkok similar to other big cities worldwide.