First group of Pratunam vendors told to move by March 8

First group of Pratunam vendors told to move by March 8

Roadside stalls stretch from the Pratunam area to the Ratchaprarop intersection, blocking pedestrians. City officials are trying to get traders to move after receiving complaints from pedestrians who wanted an easier time walking. (Photos by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Roadside stalls stretch from the Pratunam area to the Ratchaprarop intersection, blocking pedestrians. City officials are trying to get traders to move after receiving complaints from pedestrians who wanted an easier time walking. (Photos by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has set March 8 as the deadline for vendors operating outside designated areas at Pratunam, one of Bangkok’s major shopping districts for clothing, to move to replacement venues.

A total of 112 vendors had been told to move out by next Tuesday. Afterwards, the BMA would revoke permits to areas where 576 vendors currently sell their goods legally under BMA's regulations.

The first group of sellers had been informed of the deadline, said Chatree Wattankajorn, head of Ratchathewi district office.

He said the district office had prepared three sites that could accommodate all the traders told to relocate. They are the Bangkapi market, the Tha Din Daeng Market and a privately owned market in Soi Phetchaburi 29.

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