(CTN News) – Governor Chadchart Sittipunt met yesterday with the president of the Federation of Thai Industries to plan a project that would turn Hua Lamphong Canal into an example of the Venice of the East, an old nickname for Bangkok.
Chatchart meets with the Royal Thai Government
In an effort to improve the city’s water quality, Chadchart met with Kriengkrai Thiennukul to create a ‘Sandbox’ around the Chao Phraya River and turn the capital’s polluted canal network into a picturesque scene reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance.
Among Bangkok’s 1,126 canals, Chadchart chose Hua Lamphong Canal in the Klong Toey district to begin the project. The canal connects to the Chao Phraya River and is about a kilometer long. This canal will serve as a model for other canal revivals in Bangkok, according to the city chief.
Over 5,000 factories in Bangkok need to follow new greener environmental policies in order to realize the Venice of the East dream. Although city officials promised better enforcement of canal pollution, there have been few improvements in rubbish thrown into the klongs.
According to Kriengkrai, the Klong Toey community has been selected as a Bio-Circular-Green Economic Model for the city. Besides the canal clean-up, dead spaces in the district will be improved to benefit residents.
As part of the project, agricultural industries are encouraged to operate as Smart Agriculture Industries to benefit the city and its environment.
Klong Toey is considered the city’s largest slum area, despite being located near glitzy and up-scale Sukhumvit. Klong Toey residents have lived in squalor for years, and investment is desperately needed to rid the area of its crime, grime, and drugs reputation.