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    Pratunam Market is next to be cleared

    BANGKOK — The sidewalks of Pratunam, the nation’s biggest clothing bazaar, are the next target for the cleanup broom powered by a government tidiness campaign.

    Nearly 700 street stalls will soon be gone from the area famous for affordable fashion as City Hall tightens up code enforcement and moves forward with its cleanliness and order campaign.

    More than 100 street stalls located on the sidewalk outside an area where they’ve been allowed were ordered to leave by March 8, according to District Chief Chatree Wattanakhejon in Matichon Online. Another 576 stalls lawfully operating on the sidewalk will soon be forced out when the city revokes their permits to clear the sidewalks.



    As has become a routine, authorities have prepared alternate sites for the vendors that many are likely to find objectionable. Three hundred vendors will be asked to move to a private market on Soi Phetchaburi 29, while a market in the Bang Kapi district can accommodate 1,000 vendors. A third at the Kuuk Kuk Tha Din Daeng Market can hold 600 vendors.



    The biggest destination for clothes and fashion-related everything, Pratunam Market is known for selling at wholesale prices. It is situated in the heart of Bangkok at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetchaburi roads in the Ratchathewi district.

    District Chief Chatree said the reorganization plan was recently submitted to City Hall and vendors would have a later opportunity to discuss the matter.

    Since the military government announced its policy to reclaim public space after it seized power in 2014, Bangkok has cleared a number of its informal markets well-known to both locals and tourists. The latest recently cleared spot was the famous Pak Khlong flower market.

    The campaign has been met with cheers by those who want a tidier capital city and criticized by those who see a loss of its unique culture and attractions.

    At present Pratunam Market sidewalk is closed every Monday and it truly looks like a sad, deserted, lonely and dirty ghost town. Is that what they have in mind for all of our precious City? I hope not, as will many thousands of tourists who come to the Big Mango to soak up their days wandering through these iconic markets picking up bargains along their way.


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    Good, they can fuck right off.
    Inconsiderate cunts, setting up stalls on pavements I need to ride over on my bike

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    They checked with the local market mafia beforehand, did they not??

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    Seriously though, Thailand's ridiculously low unemployment rate is due to the laissez faire attitude, but it's becoming rather unsustainable.

    Regulating, controlling and ultimately cleverly designing the system would be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    They checked with the local market mafia beforehand, did they not??
    On Soi 3 in Bangers during rush-hour 5 lanes are reduced to 3 at a critical junction just to let the minions of so called "mafia" set up their tat stalls to rip off tourists.

    Don't get me wrong, western corruption is much more dangerous, but the corruption here is ridiculous.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

    And after that, you can go down the pub.

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    Where am i going to go for all my fake label designer stuff now, ruddy injustice.

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    Not really a big deal. Just the stalls on the sidewalks along Petchburi and Ratchaprop. All the shops on the interior of Pratunam market will not be affected. Still many places to shop.

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    BMA to provide viable alternative vender locations for Pratunam merchants by July 31

    BANGKOK, 24 May 2016 (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is expediting its efforts to provide new locations for vendors currently in Pratunam to relocate to before the scheduled move out date of July 31.

    Pol Gen Asawin Kwanmuang recently met with merchants at Pratunam district in Bangkok after protests ensued against the recent relocation policy. Vendors demanded justice from the Prime Minister and the BMA and requested that they be allowed to continue with business in the present area.

    The Deputy Governor said after the meeting that the vendors don't want to move to a new area proposed by the BMA as they claim it is not conducive to business. The BMA then proposed alternative locations, consisting of the area near Makkasan train station, Palladium Shopping Center, and the street next to the Intra Hotel. The BMA will negotiate with the tenants of these areas to allow the vendors to set up shop while the merchants will be responsible for negotiating rent.

    Pol Gen Asawin confirmed that the BMA is determined to resolve the situation and find alternatives for all Pratunam vendors within the scheduled move-out date of July 31.

    - See more at: ?????????????????? : BMA to provide viable alternative vender locations for Pratunam merchants by July 31

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    And just what the fuck has this got to do with a police general.

    No wonder the place is such a fucking shambles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum
    And just what the fuck has this got to do with a police general.
    are you a fcuking idiot ?

    who do you think will have to enforce the moving of vendors ? the local dentists ?

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    The fucking government, you dumb fuck and if it turns violent then one calls the police. Any fucking normal society doesn't use a fucking policeman to announce civil policy reforms, you gormless fuck.

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