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Chadchart zeroing in on improving city plan


BANGKOK Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said in a live Facebook broadcast at 5.30 a.m. this morning (August 12) after jogging that improving the city plan is an important task with the capital’s colour-coded system determining land prices, Matichon newspaper said.

Currently commercial zones are coloured red,  high density housing zones orange, medium density is brown and less dense yellow. 

However Chadchart pointed out that the issue is how to ensure that the city plan determines the direction the metropolis takes instead of how high a building could be in each zone.

He mentioned that Mr. Pitch Pongsawat, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn Univerisity’s political science department, liked to say the town plan is its constitution.

For this reason each community must have its own concepts or constitution to follow up on and this is an important issue that must be gradually improved, he added.

As today is Her Majesty the Queen Mother’s Birthday and national Mother’s Day, all 50 Bangkok districts are giving an award to the model mother in their area.

,“The mother is an important part of building a city. A city must start with the smallest unit, namely the family, then the community, after that the district after which it becomes a city.

“Therefore we need to focus on parents taking care of their children, building a family,” he said.

He later had a meeting at the Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) with representatives from Silpakorn University joining in with talks focusing on using technology and art to improve the city with the scope of the current study being Yaowarat-Charoen Krung and Sampeng area.

“At Khlong Ong Ang or Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem there are beautifully designed drain covers. It is a research project of Silpakorn University with these covers designed according to history. Their research has now reached Yaowarat.

“There are 30 more drain covers being made in future, they are cute and represent the identity of each district,” he said.

“Aside from being beautiful they must tell a story as well, there could be a QR code, or a small story about the history of this city.”


Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt outlining his plans for the metropolis early this morning. Photos: Matichon

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