BMA eyes hawker centres to resolve street stall free-for-all

BMA eyes hawker centres to resolve street stall free-for-all
Chadchart: Looking at 31 locations
Chadchart: Looking at 31 locations

The particular Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is getting ready to set up hawker centres as a permanent way to unorganised street vendor stalls.

Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt said the city needs to set aside locations for street suppliers to provide residents along with affordable food and so they themselves can make a residing.

Mr Chadchart on Wednesday surveyed pavements outside Phran Nok Market, one of 31 areas the BMA was looking to turn into street-vending areas.

The governor mentioned local residents backed hawker centres being opened as they benefited sellers and customers.

The two-metre wide sidewalk must be clearly designated. One metre will be set aside for stalls and the remaining metre left unobstructed regarding pedestrians.

Pavements must be held clean and tidy and clear for pedestrians. This requires full assistance from vendors as well as the occupants of nearby buildings. If streets are left messy, permission to industry there will be revoked, according to Mr Chadchart.

The chief excutive added that an every week break from street-side vending on Mondays will remain in force with regard to cleaning pavements even though he was contemplating whether to make the split bi-monthly.

The BMA also has a plan to open hawker centres where a few street-side vendors can trade and pay out cheap rents.

Mr Chadchart said the BMA was in the middle of discussing with relevant events to use areas underneath expressways and vacant land as hawker centres.

Several owners have got agreed to lease their privately owned land for use in the hawker project with a guarantee to charge reduced rents.

Meanwhile, representatives of downtown Bangkok businesses gathered at the Thaniya Plaza Building on Silom Road upon Tuesday  to launch their newly formed All of us Love Silom Association.

They announced their purpose to improve pavements, street lighting and greenery in Bangkok’s primary business area.

Association chairwoman Onrudee Na Ranong said businesses upon Silom Road connected great importance in order to improving the landscape.

The survey of about one hundred people in the area uncovered most wanted a lot more greenery, clean pavements, clearly marked people crossings and better lighting to ensure community safety, she said.