Skywalk set for debut
Long-delayed bridge to help boost tourism in Kanchanaburi
Despite numerous construction delays, a new skywalk in Kanchanaburi will open early next year, according to governor Jirakiat Bhumisawasdi.
Located in the city's old town district, the 130-metre skywalk -- which is suspended 15 metres above the ground -- will offer magnificent views of the confluence of the Khwae Yai, Khwae Noi and Mae Klong rivers.
It is hoped the bridge will boost the province's tourism income by attracting more visitors.
As the first phase of the skywalk's construction is almost complete and the contracts for the second and last phases have been signed, Mr Jirakiat said the skywalk will be ready sometime early next year.
The work was delayed repeatedly by the spread of Covid-19, so the government agreed to extend the deadline for the contractor, he said.
In addition to the skywalk, the cabinet has also approved a proposal to improve the landscape of riverbanks in the area, as well as at nearby Khun Phaen pier, a source said.
The skywalk has caused controversy on social media, with critics blasting the decision to build a modern-looking structure in Kanchanaburi's well-preserved old town.
Responding to the criticisms, Mr Jirakiat said the project went through a formal public hearing process, in which local community leaders and residents were briefed on the benefits of the project.
A survey was also conducted among 5,000 residents in the area, about 95% of whom said they were not opposed to the project, he said. The design was chosen after consulting the province's old town preservation committee.
There are no regulations which prohibit the construction of a modern skywalk in an old town, he added, urging critics to view the project in an objective manner.