Huai Khwang vendors told to move

Huai Khwang vendors told to move

Over 600 illegal street vendors in Huai Khwang district will be relocated to a market nearby as part of City Hall's footpath clean-up campaign.

More than 680 vendors on Pracha Rat Bamphen and Pracha Songkhro will no longer be allowed to set up stalls on footpaths, said Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) chief adviser Vallop Suwandee.

City officials are trying to encourage them to move to the Huai Khwang market, as it has two storeys and can accommodate up to 1,000 booths and underground parking, he said.

The National Housing Authority, which owns the market, will rent the area at two baht per square metre per day, he said.

Footpaths throughout Huai Khwang district are dominated by illegal food vendors from early evening until dawn, drawing many complaints over the years as the narrow strip remaining on the path is not sufficient for walking.

Vendors also park their vehicles on the streets, causing traffic congestion, Mr Vallop said.

Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said street parking will also be banned along the two roads once the clean-up campaign starts.

Vendors can discuss the changes with BMA officials at a special meeting on June 1 at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng, said Mr Vallop. 

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