DPM Prawit orders traffic police to solve jams in central Bangkok

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Bangkok – Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan asked the Royal Thai Police to mitigate traffic congestions during rush hours across Bangkok in a bid to reduce air pollution caused by the burning of fuel.

Pol Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich, spokesperson of the Defense Ministry, said the Thai Armed Forces would continue supporting the air pollution control effort to bring down the amount of hazardous dust particles lurking in the greater Bangkok area and surrounding provinces. Since mid-January, the military has been working with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to clean streets, spray water in affected areas, and carry out cloudseeding operations.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has asked the Royal Thai Police to find ways to ease traffic jams on Bangkok streets during rush hours in order to reduce carbon emissions while instructing the military to study dust solutions of other countries.

The military is in the process of developing mist spraying machines to be installed on high-rise buildings and testing unmanned aircrafts that can support the pollution control operation.