More Money for Non-Existent Anti-Flood Projects?

Over and over Bangkokians have heard about anti-flood promises made by their elected Governor. Now Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has promised to another 4- year plan to prevent flooding in the city.

Governor Sukhumbhand Paripatra has proposed to the national Government for a budget of 23 billion baht to implement the flood prevention program, which encompasses canal dredging, improving the efficiency of water pumping stations and sluice gates.

The Department of Drainage and Sewerage has reportedly vouched for the BMA in its letter to the Government that the plan is in accordance with its policy. However, the governor said the government has yet to consider allocating the money for the implementation, adding that the BMA might consider taking out a loan to get the plan off the ground if the budget does not get a nod from the Government.

The Government has given substantial money for BMA since 2011 but Bangkokians have seen very little result of the money used by the Governor’s office. Instead the BMA has been making yearly demands for more money and offering no accountability of the expenses used for the alleged work.

The Governor should stop moving his lips to complain. He must release all information about the money allocation used to pay for private contractors and business people for work that obviously never existed.

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