PM orders work on Benjakitti Park sped up

PM orders work on Benjakitti Park sped up

People relax at Benjakitti Park in Bangkok last month. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
People relax at Benjakitti Park in Bangkok last month. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed relevant agencies to speed up the further development of Benjakitti Forest Park ahead of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother's birthday celebrations on Aug 12.

He issued the instruction at a meeting to discuss the renovation of the "green" bridge which connects Benjakitti and Lumpini parks.

The meeting discussed a number of issues, including improvements to public transport connections, pavements along the route, as well as parking spaces for visitors.

City officials were present at the meeting as Gen Prayut wanted Bangkok parks to be more accessible through the city's electric rail network.

Once finished, the 1.6-kilometre link will feature an elevated park, bike lanes and rest stops for visitors. The bridge is slated to reopen in September.

The park's development is part of the government's effort to increase the amount of public green space in the capital to an internationally acceptable standard.

More than 600,000 people have visited Benjakitti Forest Park since its partial opening. Entry records showed around 3,000 people visited the park on weekdays, while about 6,000 came at weekends.

Vocabulary

  • acceptable: that somebody agrees is of a good enough standard - ที่ยอมรับได้
  • accessible: that can be reached, entered, used, seen, etc - ที่สามารถเข้าได้
  • elevated: raised above the ground, or higher than the surrounding area - ซึ่งอยู่ในระดับที่สูงกว่าสิ่งอื่น
  • issue: a problem that needs to be considered - ประเด็น
  • partial: in part, but not complete - บางส่วน
  • pavement: a path with a hard surface beside a road. The American word is sidewalk - ทางเดิน, ฟุตบาท
  • renovation: making something old look new again by repairing and improving it, especially a building - การปฏิสังขรณ์, การทำให้มีสภาพดีเหมือนเดิม, การบูรณะ, การซ่อมแซมใหม่
  • slate: to plan that something will happen at a particular time in the future - วางแผนสำหรับสิ่งที่จะเกิดขึ้นในาในอนาคต
  • sped up (past of speed up): caused to happen more quickly - เร่งให้เร็ว, ทำให้เร็วขึ้น
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