The Prime Minister has followed up on the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s progress in improving the flood drainage capacity of the capital.
During his visit to Bearing-Lasalle Road and Sukhumvit Road in eastern Bangkok, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha was greeted by Bangkok Governor Pol Gen Asawin Kwanmuang, Permanent Secretary for the BMA Patarut Dardarananda and other BMA personnel. The premier’s visit was aimed at observing the city’s progress in implementing its water management plan and operations to prevent and relieve flooding.
The Prime Minister was informed of the BMA’s efforts to urgently enhance the efficiency of the drainage system in preparation for flooding, which can stem from heavy rains, high tides and runoff from upstream regions. Although the flood prevention system in Bangkok is yet to be fully completed due to the need for a large budget, the BMA has regularly been cleaning sewerage pipes, removing garbage and weeds from waterways and installing water pumps in vulnerable areas between December and June of every year ahead of the rainy season.
In addition, the BMA has plans to construct six additional flood tunnels in the capital, two of which are currently underway. One is the flood tunnel linking Lat Phrao Canal and the Chao Phraya River which has been finished by 90 percent and is set to undergo a test on August 1 this year. The other tunnel connects Nong Bon Lake in Prawet district to the Chao Phraya.
As for Bearing-Lasalle Road and adjacent alleys, the BMA made known that they are situated on a pan-shaped area that is highly susceptible to inundation. Water pumping machines have, therefore, been installed in several spots, with a goal of raising the drainage capacity from 8.97 cubic meters per second in 2016 to 12.49 cubic meters per second this year.Stay updated with Samui Times by following us on Facebook.
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