Bangkok's urban problems of paralysed transport, bad housing and pollution are to be met with fresh initiative by the new Thai military regime.
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Background: Bangkok's urban problems of paralysed transport, bad housing and pollution are to be met with fresh initiative by the new Thai military regime. led by Field Marshal Thamon Kittakachorn.
A new Governor of Bangkok ha been appointed, and he will have the help of Government finance to provide new law-cost housing and help rid the city of its slums.
Pollution is also a major problem in the city's hundreds of canals, and traffic congestion the worst of all.
Among the new solutions proposed by the military regime is co-operation between public and private capital in housing ventures and in the operation of public utilities like road and river transport.
SYNOPSIS: The squalor of the slums in Thailand's capital Bangkok is a measure of the seriousness of the domestic problems which new beset the Thai military leaders, led by Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn. The regime has called on private construction firms to join the Government in joint venture housing projects for slum dwellers. In this way it hopes to help eliminate the searing rate of violent crimes committed by the less fortunate citizens of Bangkok.
These are typical low-cost Government flats, which it is hoped will give the children of the poor a better start to their lives. The regime has asked private firms to start building satellite towns round Bangkok and its twin city Thonburi. Marshall Thanom has also told the Bangkok municipality to dredge the many canals in the city, filled with stagnant, polluted water.
The canals re frustrating the improvement of transport facilities in Bangkok, and the is the biggest single problem the city faces. It has been suggested the??? the only way to solve the chronic traffic congestion is to build an underground railway system, but engineers say this is not possible because of the canals. In the meantime, the traffic on the river Chao Phya does a good deal to relieve the congestion on the reads of sprawling Bangkok, but it is not enough. Confronting the rush-hour here is fast becoming an exercise in agonised patience, as the nose-to-tail vehicles grind to a halt. Some progress in improving transport will undoubtedly be one of the first aims of the city's new Governor, appointed to untangle the many and difficult problems of the city.