BMA Using Prisoners to Dredge Underground Drains in Bangkok

February 5, 2012

The BMA has begun dredging underground drains and walkway sewerage to cope with rainwater volume in preparation for flood prevention this year. Prisoners are now hired to do the job on 277 roads in Bangkok. So far they have completed the work on 13 roads, totalling in 41,096 metres of drains, or 4.26 per cent of the total distance.

Speaking during a inspection of the work yesterday, Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the work must be done by May, jointly by city workers doing the job in soi while the prisoners were in charge of the dredging on main Bangkok roads. He said the budget for the dredging was the BMA’s and welcomed funding from the government (Nation).

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