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MEA moves forward with Ratchada-Asoke Underground Cable Project and upgrades construction to reduce impacts

20 November 2019 350
 Mr. Tepsak Titaraksa, Deputy Governor of Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), presided over a meeting to clarify progress of the overhead-to-underground cable conversion project on Ratchadaphisek-Asoke Road. Attendees were representatives from various agencies in the areas to listen to detailed project plans and to exchange ideato reduce impacts during construction at AVANI Atrium Bangkok Hotel oOctober 17, 2019.


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 sufficientstable 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 kilometersThe 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 standardsand 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 plannedthese activities were put into practice: 

1. Build temporary barricades tprovide footpaths for the public, install safety lights for convenient use of walkways and nighttime construction.
2. Install manholes and underground electrical conduits, put concrete manhole covers (temporary) on traffic surface to least affect road users.
3. Reduce the impact of open cut trench excavation by using Horizontal Directional Drilling machine (HDD) digging on traffic surface for low voltage cables according to safety standards.

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:

Pathumwan Chitralada Phayathai Project (additional) Petchburi Road (Yommarat Intersection to Uruphong Intersection), a distance of 0.2 kilometers and light poles to be pulled down by June; Nakhon Sawan Road (Nang Leang Intersection to Klong Phadung Krung Kasem), a distance 0.3 kilometers and light poles to be pulled down by August,
Nana Road Project (from Sukhumvit Road to Klong Saen Saeb), a distance of 0.75 kilometers and light poles to be pulled down by August
Nonsi Project (Sathupradit Roada distance of 1 kilometer and light poles to be pulled down by November, and Sawang Arom Road, a distance of 1 kilometer and light poles to be pulled down by November),

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.