On October 22, 2019, Mr. Kirapat Jiamset, Governor of Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), presided over a volunteer activity to commemorate the Royal grace of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn at Soi Nakniwat 3, Nakniwat Road, Bangkok. Attending the event wereMEA executives and staff, representatives from the Ministry of Interior (MOI), the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), and the Royal Thai Police (RTP).
The Governor said that MEA, a state enterprise under the Ministry of Interior, has focused on driving energy innovation for smart living while being fully responsive to the government policies. MEA has realized problems of untidy and low-hanging telecom cables which may cause serious accidents and affect the electricity distribution, including public safety. Thus MEA has consistently carried out projects to reorganize messy cables and have plans to remove all unused cables (inactive lines) by June 2020. Covering 18 MEA’s areas in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan, the work includes18 major routes - Nakniwat Road, Phahonyothin Road, Sukhumvit Road, Ram Inthra Road, Rama II Road, Rama IV Road, Rat Burana Road, Petch Phra Ram Road, Kamphaeng Phet Road, Charoen Nakhon Road, Romklao Road, Petchkasem Road, Thai-Chinese Mittraphap Road, Tiwanon Road, Bang Kruai-Sai Noi Road, Kingkaew Road, Sanpawut Road, etc.
Nakniwat Road, implementing today, as well as Ratchaphruek Road and Sala Thammasop Road, partially implemented, are considered a pilot project where MEA and NBTC jointly conduct a new model for reshaping the cables with the following steps:
1) Telecommunications companies survey their own cables, tagging and specifying company name on their cables.
2) Cables that are not belonging to any company, unused or broken will be dismantled.
3) MEA installs steel perches on electric poles to serve only licensed cables, then telecom operators orderly lay their cables on the space provided.
4) Record cable data each route in the database to prevent future wrongdoing.
From the above model, operators will be able to reduce the number of cable use without affecting their customers while all the cables will look tidy, helping each operator to efficiently monitor and preventillegal cable connection.
The 18-route cable reconstruction is regarded as a kick start in response to the government's and the Interior’s policies. As for MEA's operations, it is expected that by the end of 2019, we will be able to remove unused cables in MEA's areas for over 200 kilometers. The new model collaboratively studied with NBTC will be carried on discussing in order to expand the operations to other areas, with an intent to help prevent illegal tapping cables for orderliness, power stability and public safety in the long run.