Long-delayed bridge to help boost tourism in Kanchanaburi
Despite numerous construction delays, a new skywalk in Kanchanaburi will open early next year, according to governor Jirakiat Bhumisawasdi.
Located in the city’s old town area, the 130-metre skywalk — which is suspended 15 metres above the ground — will give you magnificent views from the confluence of the Khwae Yai, Khwae Noi and Mae Klong rivers.
It is hoped the particular bridge will increase the province’s tourism revenue by attracting more visitors.
As the first stage of the skywalk’s building is almost complete as well as the contracts for the 2nd and last phases have been signed, Mr Jirakiat said the particular skywalk will be ready sometime early the coming year.
The task was delayed frequently by the spread of Covid-19, so the govt agreed to extend the deadline for the service provider, he said.
In addition to the skywalk, the cabinet has also approved an offer to improve the landscape of riverbanks in the area, as well as at close by Khun Phaen boat dock, a source said.
The skywalk has caused dispute on social media, with critics blasting the decision to build a modern-looking structure in Kanchanaburi’s well-preserved old town.
Responding to the criticisms, Mr Jirakiat said the particular project went through the formal public hearing process, in which group leaders and occupants were briefed within the benefits of the task.
A survey was also executed among 5, 000 residents in the area, about 95% of who said they were not opposed to the project, he said. The look was chosen right after consulting the province’s old town preservation committee.
There are no regulations which prohibit the construction of a contemporary skywalk in an old town, he added, urging critics to view the project within an objective manner.