MEA has been consistently converting the power line system from overhead to underground while the latest completion project was Ratchaprarop Road (Pratunam Intersection to Railroad Crossing) whose operations commenced from March 2017 to April 2018, completing a total distance of 600 meters in a major business and tourism area of Bangkok. The project covered the pavements on both sides of the road. To make this achievement, MEA has received immense cooperation from BMA, the military officers who provided liaison support and convenience for MEA to use the pavements, MPB who helped solve on-site traffic problems, and the residents who supported and provided full cooperation during the construction. The visit marked MEA’s appreciation and gratitude and also created an opportunity for a public hearing after the project completion for further improvements for other overhead to underground power system conversion projects.
In addition to the construction under the engineering processes, MEA has met the residents to raise awareness and to provide information of the project while assessing problems and finding solutions to reduce the impacts during the construction especially for street vendors. MEA has also set up a coordination center in the project area. The temporary walkway and facilities were provided to the public throughout the construction period. After completion on Ratchaprarop Road, MEA’s underground power system project has currently finished a total distance of 45.6 kilometers while the areas under construction cover a distance of 169 kilometers. In 2018, MEA will continue to operate in the following areas: Nonsi, Rama III, Ratchadaphisek-Rama IX, Ratchadapisek-Asoke, the routes along the yellow line skytrain (Ladprao-Samrong) and along the pink line (Khae Rai - Minburi) as well as Wireless Road.