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BMA to give Khao San vendors footpath access from 6pm to midnight

By THE NATION

 

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File photo: Khao San Road // The Nation Photo

 

BANGKOK CITY Hall on Wednesday relaxed its former plan to completely ban vendors from the footpaths of Khao San Road, by now allowing them to sell their wares from 6pm until midnight.
 

The decision to allow some vendors to remain on the footpaths was partly to promote tourism and stimulate the economy, Deputy Bangkok Governor Sakoltee Phattiyaku said on Wednesday.

 

The new approach has been officially endorsed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

 

The restriction of vendors was strongly opposed by the Khao San Vendors Association when the BMA first floated the idea in August. It insisted that the move would bring order to the area and clean up the road. Vendors, meanwhile, want to be allowed to start selling their wares from the morning. 

 

Several discussions were held between both sides for a compromise, but Sakoltee has refused to back down. The deputy governor also revealed a plan to beautify the 400-metre-long Khao San road and the footpaths, which he said would make space for more vendors.

 

The Bt88-million plan was approved by the BMA earlier this month and should kick off soon to be completed within four months. 

 

Under the plan, the ground level will be adjusted to bring the footpath and road to the same height, Sakoltee said.

 

The new landscape will be zoned to allow space for shop frontages, vendors’ booths and a one-way road.

 

“If possible, the road could become a walking street for certain periods when the traffic is light,” he said.

 

Once finished, the road and the surrounding landscape would become a Bangkok landmark and attract tourists from across the world, he said. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30356653

 
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A classic case of "fixing" something that wasn't broken. Will Khao San Road be "better" in the future? Not likely..

 

A friend of mine summed up the BMA's plan's succinctly;

 

They want to create a space with the charm of an army base, but without the ambiance...

 

 

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1 hour ago, Samui Bodoh said:

They want to create a space with the charm of an army base, but without the ambiance...

LOL...

 

Thailand 4.0 rev 3.342b

 

I wish these buggers had built an auto-update option into their 'plan'.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

The decision to allow some vendors to remain on the footpaths was partly to promote tourism and stimulate the economy, Deputy Bangkok Governor Sakoltee Phattiyaku said on Wednesday.

The jack boots stepping on the neck of the golden goose once again.  God I miss Yingluck.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

BANGKOK CITY Hall on Wednesday relaxed its former plan to completely ban vendors from the footpaths of Khao San Road, by now allowing them to sell their wares from 6pm until midnight.

What happened to the 4pm agreement?

 

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Would love to see a revamped, clean and colorful Khao San road with the addition of local/international artist stalls and street performers.

No work permit needed.

 

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"Oh [email protected]! We clearly screwed the pooch this time! How do we moon walk our way back out of this one?"

"Sir, for a mere 88M baht, we can make it look like we have a clue."

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10 hours ago, webfact said:

Several discussions were held between both sides for a compromise, but Sakoltee has refused to back down. The deputy governor also revealed a plan to beautify the 400-metre-long Khao San road and the footpaths, which he said would make space for more vendors.

Translated: We're planning to make Bangkok into Singapore.

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Who collects the rent money for them setting up shop on the public footpath? 

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Should never be allowed to hijack roads and footpaths all day ! Be grateful they got 6 hours !


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