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Thailand’s capital to unveil a pedestrian-friendly look next month

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A pedestrian-friendly facelift for the capital’s Ratchaprasong and Pathumwan shopping malls is set to be completed in March, Bangkok’s Metropolitan Administration, BMA, announced yesterday.

The design to improve pedestrian safety on the Rama I Road stretch between Ratchaprasong and Pathumwan intersections is 57 per cent complete, a spokesman said.

The project was launched on October 1 last year by the Municipal Works Department of the BMA, who are removing the tangle of overhead wires to bring it underground.

In the meantime, signposts, light poles and strips planted with flowers have been placed, which should beautify the environment for the walkers.

The sidewalk has been renovated to international standards, optimizing safety for older pedestrians and people with disabilities.

The project is the result of a collaboration between public and private bodies.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the same pedestrian model will be rolled out in other parts of the capital.

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