BMA set to move HQ to Din Daeng

BMA set to move HQ to Din Daeng

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to go ahead with its plan to move its headquarters from Sao Chingcha in Phra Nakhon district to its other office in Din Daeng district.

Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said the integration will help improve the efficiency of the city's administration.

Mr Chadchart said some BMA officials at the Sao Chingcha office had come to see him with their children in an attempt to get the administration to reconsider the move, saying they won't be able to drop off and/or pick up their kids at school due to the longer commute.

He said he had explained the necessity of integrating the two offices and asked them to think about the overall benefit of the move for the city's residents.

The Sao Chingcha office hosts the finance department, budget department, the governor's secretariat, the Bangkok Council secretariat, permanent secretary's secretariat, office of the permanent secretary, strategy and evaluation department and the auditor-general's department, he said.

There are 2,047 officials and other employees working at the location.

The Din Daeng office, meanwhile, has the city administrators, department of culture, department of sports and tourism, department of health, part of the department of strategy and evaluation, and the department of traffic and transport.

Chakkapan Phiewngam, a deputy governor and chairman of the committee overseeing the relocation, said once the move is completed, the Sao Chingcha will be converted into a museum and will house the departments of culture and sports and tourism.

Mr Chakkapan said transport and travel arrangements will be made for staff to help reduce their transport costs, he added.

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