Bangkok City Planning
Herewith a whole slew of Bangkok Master Plans elsewhere on 2Bangkok.com. Indeed, more proof that there are an awful lot of Masters and very few ...
....decision making processes which are not corrupted by politics, vested interest, inaction and personal egos???
Bangkok City Plan
I thought that we had a thread on the City Plan but it seems not.
Bangkok to work with six adjacent cities on joint city plan Bangkokpost 6/07/2009
Bangkok is trying to collaborate with six neighbouring provinces to integrate their development with Greater Bangkok's in the new Bangkok city plan to be implemented from 2011. The Department of City Planning of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) believes the development of adjacent areas - Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon and Chachoengsao - is linked with that of the capital.
The BMA held public hearings on the impact of the 2006-11 Bangkok city plan on the six provinces early this year, explained M.R. Premsiri Kasemsunta, the department's deputy director-general. Residents raised several urgent concerns, he said. People in Nonthaburi wanted the BMA to speed up the launch of the BRT (bus rapid transit) line running along Chaeng Watthana Road. Samut Prakan residents asked for better transport between the province and Bangkok.
In Chachoengsao, residents want systematic transport links with Bangkok. Pathum Thani inhabitants reported problems with water drainage while Samut Sakhon lacks a town plan for land usage. "Bangkok's city plan can have an impact on other provinces nearby so we should do it together to improve water drainage, transport, land usage or anything else," said M.R. Premsiri. "But the difficulty is that the expiry dates of their city plans are not in the same year."
To develop an integrated plan, the BMA and the Interior Ministry have set up a committee for the six provinces and Bangkok. The Public Works Department should lead co-operation as it is responsible for city planning. For Bangkok, the BMA held a public hearing and found that real estate developers want accessible lands in Bangkok to be developed and want the BMA to encourage co-development between the public and private sectors.
The BMA's proposal to the Public Works Department will include a specific city plan for the Bangkok Southwestern Minor Commercial Centre, instead of the Taksin Transport Centre. The change would reduce the areas from four districts including Bang Khunthian, Thon Buri, Phasicharoen and Chom Thong to only four subdistricts in Phasicharoen and Chom Thong covering just 3.8 square kilometres.
Under the previous plan, the Taksin Transport Centre was to be in Thon Buri but the Bangkok Southwestern Minor Commercial Centre would be at the interchange of the BTS Green Line and a new mass-transit station on the Red Line, or near the planned Wutthakat BTS station. The BMA will build secondary roads and taxi parking points and improve pavements to provide better access to mass transit.
Bangkae is so large (190000 people in this district( that it is about time for BMA to Split Bang Khae into 2 new districts so BMA can serve people better
This was planned already before the last district council elections, see for example in this answer to an interpellation. And I believe that the area adjustments of the subdistricts within Bang Khae done in 2010 were also already in preparation to the splitting of the district, as now Phetkasem highway marks the boundary between southern and northern part of the district. But maybe the time run out to do the change before the district council elections, so now is a good time to start the process again, to be ready by 2014 for the next council elections.
Originally Posted by Wisarut
Demographic of BKK - 24,557 men less in 2011 than 2010
Turning BMA HQ at the Giant Swing into the public library and Museum ...
New Electronic Sign Board tax by BMA to finance the underground power line around BKK
BMA - no more advertising poles on the bicycle lanes and footpaths
Bang Krachao property boom threatens city's 'lung' by THANAPAT KITJAKOSOL, THE NATION October 24, 2013
As rapidly expanding property developments prompt land prices in the capital to skyrocket, the Bang Krachao area in Samut Prakan's Phra Pradaeng district - a vast, lush expanse dubbed the "lung of Bangkok" - has seen a deterioration of its pristine environment, as large amounts of its green areas are lost each year to housing estates and fruit plantations.
Residents are selling their lands to well-paying developers, at an annual rate of around 100 rai on the 11,819-rai area, located along the bank of the Chao Phraya River to the west of Bangkok, while many others turn their plots into lucrative orange plantations, which require huge amounts of chemical fertilisers and insecticides, prompting a key ecological concern in the long run.
Thanks to its lush greenery, the expanse yields an average of 2 degrees Celsius cooler than the area of the capital just across the river, according to research by Kasetsart University cited at a recent seminar. During the hot season, the temperature difference between green areas and residential areas in the capital can be as large as 4 degrees, which is very meaningful amid the current rise in global temperatures, said Jongrak Watcharinrat, a lecturer at KU's Faculty of Forestry. Jongrak spoke at the seminar, titled "Research and Development of Green Areas in Bang Krachao for Sustainability"
Given Bang Krachao's picturesque riverbank landscape, which is enveloped by a curve in the Chao Phraya, residents there are selling their much-sought-after land to property developers, who build both housing estates and high-rise condominium buildings, pushing land prices to Bt10 million per rai and rising. Panalee Mangkornsaksit, a forestry official handling a government project approved in 1991 to set up a so-called "mid-city garden" in the Bang Krachao area, said residents are cutting down cork trees and similar plants, which hold the riverbanks together, to make way for the orange plantations, while developers also encroach the banks cutting down these trees in the process.
"These plants firmly hold together the land along the riverbank, with their roots connecting to each other like spiders' webs. Once they are removed the muddy riverbank land will soon collapse and these houses and condos will be standing in the water," she said. "Chemicals used on orange plantations would also certainly drain into the river and contaminate it to some degree, which would also be a huge ecological concern," Panalee said.
Panalee said the 1,276-rai government "city garden" project, which was initiated in 1977 but only approved 14 years later, was still being developed, but cooperation from residents had deteriorated since the property boom. The project now tries to preserve the greenery in the Bang Krachao area, but its plan to acquire an estimated 9,000 rai was being hindered by the high land prices, which made residents willing to sell their plots to wellpaying developers.
Royal Forestry Department directorgeneral Bunchob Sutthamanaswong, citing a suggestion by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, said areas outside of the project should be taken care of through a government effort to encourage residents to maintain the green areas and grow more plants suitable to the area.
The Princess, quoted by Bunchob, also suggested that no more large buildings - even government offices - should be constructed in Bang Krachao, and large trees should be protected. The manager of a similar project, Bart Lambregts, told the seminar that Bang Krachao should be kept as the "lung of Bangkok", just as Central Park serves as the "lung of New York City".