Survey: 82% of Bangkokians pleased with city administration

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BANGKOK, July 2 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) got a thumbs up for running this city of nearly nine million people under the helm of Democrat governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

Threedow Aphaiwongs, BMA spokeswoman, said a survey of 10,036 people in 50 Bangkok’s districts by Dhurakij Pundit University during April 22-30 reveals a satisfactory percentage at 82.25.

City Hall’s five leading policies receiving top marks were building five sewage treatment plants to upgrade water before its release into canals and the Chao Phraya River, establishment of ASEAN Metropolis Assembly to exchange knowledge between the BMA and Southeast Asian countries, training taxi drivers in English language skills, improving fire-fighting capability for high rise buildings and small communities, and English language improvement in BMA schools as part of the city’s preparations for the ASEAN Economic Community.

According to the survey on Governor Sukhumbhand’s performance, people were most satisfied with the installation of 20,000 closed circuit cameras citywide and connecting the 50,000 existing CCTVs with 200,000 others operated by private networks.

Ms Treedow said the capital’s citizenry complimented the governor for the free lunch scheme for students, installation of 20,000 additional light bulbs on streets and the construction of six high-capacity water tunnels with flood alert systems.

Traffic congestion, excessive garbage, safety for public and their property, and elimination of polluted water and flooding were among the problems that should be urgently addressed, she said.