Bangkok’s pedestrians have won back the pavements on Ratchaprarop and Petchaburi roads in Pratunam area on Tuesday after vendors reluctantly vacated the pavements in wake of the City Administration’s no-nonsense crackdown on violators.
The pavements, which, for decades, were almost fully occupied by vendors, are virtually cleared of vendors since Tuesday morning. City police were in full force since the morning to make sure that no vendors showed up in defiance of the eviction order which came into effect on Monday.
Ratchathevi district officer Chatri Wattanakachorn said that the city administration had given a reprieve to the vendors for quite a long time and, how, it is about time that they move out to return the pavements to pedestrians.
He said that the district office had arranged for spaces in Soi Ratchaprarop 2 and 4 for vendors to carry on with their trading business. More spaces are being sought to accommodate the evicted vendors, he added.
The eviction of vendors from pavements in the Pratunam area is the latest of the City Administration’s efforts to set a new order for the use of pavements and to beautify the city’s landscape.