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Bangkok’s governor general Asawin Kwanmuang has given details of the progress of a scheme to bury thousands of kilometers of unsightly wires in the capital of Thailand.
Much of the work on the 20 billion baht project has been completed and the governor said it should all be done by June 2021.
Yesterday the governor was inking an agreement with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission regarding how to pay for the scheme.
Public money is not being used, he said. Through a subsidiary company called Krung Thep Thanakhom Co Ltd. the money is being raised through bank loans and advanced rental payments for companies that will use the wires.
A 30 year agreement with those companies is expected to see 10 billion repaid within slightly less than half that time. The other 10 billion is coming from the bank loans.
In all 2,450 kilometers of wires on main roads, secondary roads and sois is being buried underground. Roads are not affected and sidewalks and adjacent areas are being used.
The city has been split up into four main zones each comprising slightly in excess of 600 kilometers. Two are on the Bangkok side and two on the Thonburi side of the capital.
Roads such as Withayu (Wireless), Rama I, Petchaburi, Ratchada Pisek and Thiam Ruam Mitr will benefit.
General Asawin said that 150 kilometers in each zone will be completed within this year.
The rest should be done by June 2021.
Some years ago Microsoft owner Bill Gates posted holiday snaps of hanging wires from Bangkok calling for change. This prompted Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha to hurry along plans for the burial of the wires.