BMA receives THB800mil in flood prevention budget from government

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BANGKOK, 18 February 2012  – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been delighted by an additional budget from the government to help in the flood prevention program. 

Bangkok Governor, M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, said that after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made a visit to 10 provinces, whose locations are from upstream river to downstream region, the BMA and related units have been given more financial help to carry out the flood prevention program in the city.

During the PM’s trip, the Transport Ministry has suggested the elevation of Baromrajchonnee Road, an idea that BMA has shared. Moreover, the Bangkok City Hall has also planned to ask for the approval of a budget to elevate Buddhamonthon Road – No. 2 and 3 by 50 centimeters, to help prevent future flooding from reaching Bangkok.

The additional budget that the government has just granted for the BMA amounts to THB800 million, which is earmarked to be used in the dredging of 54 canals in Bangkok and the cleaning of 3,000 kilometers of underground tunnel, for instance.