The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is continuing its efforts to improve the ambiance along the banks of Phadung Krung Kasem canal, with a goal to complete the project by the end of this year.
BMA officials are working diligently to clear encroachments along the canal banks, including stalls and structures set up by various sellers. Torsak Chotimongkol, head of the Bangkok governor’s advisory team, expressed appreciation for the cooperation received from the sellers. Once the structures are removed, the BMA plans to develop footpaths and bike routes along the canal banks. A joint working committee, consisting of officials from the Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Pathumwan, and Dusit district offices, as well as former stall operators, is overseeing the project.
According to Torsak, the proposal is to reserve the banks for special events, with this year’s Winter Festival being held along the new promenade. The Winter Festival will stretch from Hua Lamphong train station in Pathum Wan district to Thewarat market in Dusit district. The entire fair will be adorned with decorative lights, vibrant colors, and immersive sounds. Each section of the canal banks will feature distinct activities.
One bank of the canal will primarily serve as a pedestrian walkway, with the possibility of hosting a night market on select occasions, while the other bank will be utilized by the local community and feature various stalls and shops. Renovation work on the canal banks is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The BMA is also renovating the banks between the Bang Lamphu and Ong Ang canals, transforming the stretch into a tourism route. Additionally, the BMA is exploring plans to establish a water transport service along this section of the canal.