Silom becomes vendor-free

Silom becomes vendor-free

Silom Road has become the ninth area of Bangkok to be vendor-free during the day, the work of about 440 police officers yesterday.

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A BMA banner announces that the Silom area is being returned to pedestrians who will now be able to walk unimpeded by vendors. Photos by Thiti Wannamontha

D-Day for Silom vendors

About 440 police officers took to the footpaths of Silom Road on Saturday to enforce a new ban on daytime vending.

Starting yesterday, small vendors are able to sell their wares only from 7pm to 2am daily. They must take down their stalls during daylight hours.

A city worker cleans up an area of Silom road which would normally be filled with vendors.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials said they had found new spots for 244 of the 286 targeted stalls along the road, while vendors at another 60 stalls had agreed to sell only at night.

The footpaths of Silom Road, a major business and commercial artery, for years have been almost impossible for pedestrians to navigate because of the presence of so many vendors.

Authorities said police would strictly enforce the law against any vendors who violate the new agreement and attempt to set up stalls on the footpaths.

Pol Maj Gen Vichai Sangprapai, right, listens to a complaint from a vendor, but the cleanup continued as scheduled.

In the future, after everything is in order, Silom will be turned into a walking street, along with other spots in Bangkok, said Pol Maj Gen Vichai Sangprapai, an adviser to the Bangkok governor.

To date, BMA officials say they have restored order in nine of the 13 designated areas in the capital.

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  • adviser (noun): a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject - ที่ปรึกษา
  • artery: an important road, railway, or river - เส้นทางหลัก
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • ban: an official statement ordering people not to do, sell or use something - การห้าม
  • Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA): the local government of Bangkok - กรุงเทพมหานคร
  • banner (noun): a wide piece of cloth (or internet space) with a message on it - แถบผ้า ป้าย
  • commercial: for business purposes - เกี่ยวกับการค้า
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การบ่น, ข้อที่ไม่พอใจ
  • D-Day (noun): a date on which something important is expected to happen (From the name given to 6 June 1944, the day on which the British, US and other armies landed on the beaches of northern France in the Second World War) -
  • designated: marked, separated, or given a name for a particular purpose - ถูกกำหนด
  • enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
  • footpath: a path that is made for people to walk along - ทางเดิน
  • navigate: to find and follow a path through a difficult place - หาเส้นทาง
  • normally: as usual; properly - ตามปกติ
  • order: a situation in which everything is well organized or arranged - ความเป็นระเบียบเรียบร้อย
  • pedestrians: people who are walking, especially in an area where vehicles go - คนเดินถนน, คนเดินเท้า
  • presence: the fact of being in a particular place, thing or situation - การเข้าร่วม, การมีอยู่
  • restore: to bring back to good condition - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่
  • stalls: large tables or small shops with an open front from which goods are sold in a public place - แผงขายของ
  • strictly: demanding that rules, especially rules about behaviour, should be obeyed - อย่างเข้มงวด
  • targeted: aimed at a particular person or group - ตกเป็นเป้า
  • to date: until now -
  • unimpeded: with nothing blocking or stopping somebody/something - ไม่มีอะไรขวางทาง
  • vending: selling goods - ขายสินค้า
  • vendors: people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street - พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
  • violate: to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด
  • wares (noun): things that somebody is selling, especially in the street or at a market - สินค้า

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