Riverside home demolition begins to make way for promenade

Riverside home demolition begins to make way for promenade

City Hall workers dismantle stilt houses in the Khiew Khai Ka riverside community. The clearance, scheduled for completion before August, is part of attempts to make way for the riverside promenade project. (Photos by Apichart Jinakul)
City Hall workers dismantle stilt houses in the Khiew Khai Ka riverside community. The clearance, scheduled for completion before August, is part of attempts to make way for the riverside promenade project. (Photos by Apichart Jinakul)

City Hall will complete its demolition work of the Chao Phraya riverside communities by the end of this month as scheduled, to pave way for the controversial riverside promenade.

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Riverside to be cleared by month's end

Supoj Wancharoen

City Hall will complete its demolition work of the Chao Phraya riverside communities by the end of this month as scheduled, to pave way for the controversial riverside promenade.

Deputy Bangkok governor Chakkaphan Phewngam on Monday led an inspection before the demolition of the last 11 of 20 houses in the Khiew Khai Ka community takes place.

The 20 houses were among 282 structures, including nine piers, in 14 communities to be demolished by City Hall. The demolition work began on Saturday.

Most residents have voluntarily agreed to leave the Khiew Khai Ka community, saying that the houses were frequently flooded during the rainy season or periods of high tide.

The demolition work is part of the process to pave the way for the 14km riverside promenade, called the New Landmark of Thailand.

In the meantime, Mr Chakkaphan said City Hall is in the process of setting the median prices for an electronic auction to find a contractor.

The process of setting the median price is expected to be completed soon, and the e-auction will possibly start by the end of this month, said Mr Chakkaphan.

The Khiew Khai Ka community is the first to be demolished for the promenade construction project.

The community agreed to cooperate with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) by moving out so the demolition of the houses protruding into the Chao Phraya River could go ahead, he said.

The public works offices of Dusit and Bang Phlat districts are expected to complete drafting their plans to have all targeted houses demolished by the month's end, he said.

Prior to Monday's demolition, the offices had held meetings with the affected households along the Chao Phraya River to encourage them to move out of the houses found protruding into the river and about 90% of the affected people were willing to move, he said.

The government has set aside some financial assistance for the affected residents and the BMA has set up a committee to handle the distribution of money to these affected residents, said Mr Chakkaphan.

The first round of payments is planned for July 26, he added.

The main reason behind these people agreeing to move out was that those houses are not ideal places to live, especially during the rainy season or periods of high tide when their houses are frequently flooded, he said.

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Vocabulary

  • affected (verb): having received an effect or influence - ถูกผลกระทบ, มีผลต่อ
  • assistance: help; aid - ความช่วยเหลือ
  • auction: a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most - การขายโดยการประมูล, การขายทอดตลาด
  • Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA): the local government of Bangkok - กรุงเทพมหานคร
  • City Hall: a city government, in this case, the Bangkok city government - กรุงเทพมหานคร
  • committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
  • community: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน
  • construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง
  • contractor: a person or company whose job is to do work for another person, organisation, company, etc. - ผู้รับเหมา
  • controversial: causing disagreement or disapproval - ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
  • cooperate: to work with other people to achieve a result that is good for everyone involved - ร่วมมือกัน
  • demolition: complete destruction - การรื้อถอน, การทำลาย
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • distribution: the process of giving something out to many different places - การแจกจ่าย
  • draft: to write a document, plan, etc. that may be changed before it is finally accepted - ร่าง
  • encourage: to cause someone to want to do something - กระตุ้น ให้การสนับสนุน
  • financial: involving money - เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
  • frequently: happening often - บ่อยๆ
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • handle: to deal with a situation, a person, an area of work or a strong emotion - ควบคุม, ปฏิบัติ,จัดการ
  • high tide: the times of the day when the sea level is highest - ปรากฏการณ์น้ำขึ้น
  • household: a group of people, often a family, who live together - ครัวเรือน
  • ideal: the best possible - ดีที่สุด
  • in the meantime: during the time between two events or between the present time and a future event - เวลาในระหว่างนั้น
  • in the process of: currently working on .... -
  • inspection: an official process of checking that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should - การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา
  • landmark: a building or place that is easily recognised, especially one which you can use to judge where you are - สถานที่ที่เป็นจุดสังเกต
  • median (adj.): having a value in the middle of a series of numbers; a measure of where the middle is or what is normal or usual (measure of central tendency) - จุดกึ่งกลาง, ตรงกลาง, ค่ากลาง (ทางคณิตศาสตร์), ซึ่งอยู่ตรงกลาง, ระหว่างกลาง
  • pave the way for (verb): to create a situation in which something can happen - ปูทาง
  • pave way for (idiom): to make something possible; to prepare the way for something - เตรียมการ ปูทาง
  • period: a particular length of time - ระยะเวลา
  • pier: a platform sticking out into water which people walk along or use when getting onto or off boats - ท่าเรือชนิดยื่นออกไปในน้ำ, สะพานที่ยื่นออกไปในน้ำ
  • prior to: before - ก่อนหน้า
  • process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
  • promenade (noun): a public place for walking, usually a wide path beside the sea or river - บริเวณสำหรับเดินเล่น
  • protrude (verb): to stick out from a place or a surface - ยื่น, โผล่ออกมา
  • public works: building projects such as schools, roads, and railways that are built and paid for by the government - การโยธาสาธารณะ, สิ่งก่อสร้าง (ถนนหนทาง,เขื่อนที่ทำการไปรษณีย์และอื่น ๆ) ที่เป็นสาธารณูปโภค
  • residents: people living in a particular area - ประชาชนผู้อยู่อาศัยในบริเวณ
  • round: one of a series of events, activities, etc. - รอบ
  • scheduled: planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา
  • set aside: to keep or save something from a larger amount or supply in order to use it later for a particular purpose - สำรอง
  • structure: something large such as a building or a bridge that is built from different parts - โครงสร้าง
  • take place: to happen - เกิดขึ้น
  • targeted: aimed at a particular person or group - ตกเป็นเป้า
  • voluntarily: done because you choose to do it rather than because you have to - ด้วยความสมัครใจ
  • willing: (adj) not objecting to doing something -
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