Mr. Chaipat Sukphaiboonwat, MEA Assistant Project Director, statedthat MEA has focused on improving power efficiency for Smart Metro in response to the Interior Ministry’s and the government’s policy, thus the underground power project has been consistently implementing to ensure the electricity system is sufficient, stable and safe while beautifying the landscape. Recently, MEA has carried out additional cable conversion on Ratchadapisek Road (from Khlong Sam Sen, south of Rama IX Road, to Rama IV Road), New Phetchaburi Road (from railroad to Sukhumvit 63 or Soi Ekkamai),and Rama IV Road (from Soi Rong Ngan Yasup to Soi Phaisingto), totaling 8.2 kilometers. The project is due to complete by 2023 with a budget of 2,360 million baht.
Since the beginning of the operations until now, MEA has gathered recommendations in order to improve and upgrade all construction areas strictly according to requirements, procedures, methods, accident prevention standards, and contractor controls. All efforts were taken to ensure the construction was on track with safety and to reduce traffic impacts. To make the project successful as planned, these activities were put into practice:
MEA also set up a coordination center in the operation areas to receive complaints or suggestions. MEA has also laid down safety measures by examining road surfaces and sidewalks during the daytime for orderliness and accident prevention.
In summary, projects to be completed in 2019 are as follows:
While projects still in progress cover 74.8 kilometers which include Nonsi Project, Rama III Project, Ratchadapisek-Rama IX Project, projects surrounding the Chitralada Palace, projects along the BTSBlue Line and Green Line (Soi Bearing to Samut Prakan).
In addition, projects to be signed for construction in 2019 whose total distance covering 94.2 kilometers and value of contracts worth more than 20,000 million Baht, which include projects in the inner-city areas, projects along the MRT lines and projects in collaboration with other public utility agencies to pave the way for becoming an ASEAN Metropolis under the state policy.