Bangkok canals all dredged by May

Bangkok canals all dredged by May

The Drainage and Sewerage Department has been ordered to complete the dredging of all canals in Bangkok by the end of May, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said on Monday.

He said the department orginally planned to complete dredging all canals between June and August, but he wanted the work to be done more quickly to cope with the large amount of water expected to reach Bangkok earlier this year.

The department must also make sure its work does not duplicate that of the army, which has been assigned to help the BMA clean up canals.

On reparations for flood victims, MR Sukhumbhand said the BMA had paid compensation to more than 80 per cent of those eligible for it.

Many householders had not been paid compensation because the cabinet had not approved the funds needed for 12 districts, he said.

On the construction of the stadium for world futsol championship competition in Nong Chok district, the Bangkok governor said he last week sent a letter to assure the international football federation (FIFA) that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration would complete the venue before Oct 13.

MR Sukhumbhand declined to comment when asked about Pheu Thai deputy spokesman Jirayu Huangsap's prediction that he would resign from the post of Bangkok governor before completing his term next January.

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