Illegal billboards in Bangkok to be removed following fatal accident

Chinatown in Bangkok

Chinatown in Bangkok. Image: Jacob Siverskog.

BANGKOK, 13 August 2012 (NNT) – Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra has instructed all 50 districts of Bangkok to search for illegal billboards and have them removed immediately as well as check on those at risk of falling down.

MR. Sukhumbhand and executives of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) went to inspect the billboard on the Rama II Road, which had collapsed on 12 August due to heavy rain. The billboard fell on nearby residences and shops, killing one person. The governor said the billboard had been in use since 2004 and the BMA had already filed a lawsuit against its owner. He said the administration was urgently investigating the accident and the remains of the billboard would be demolished in no time.

More than 900 billboards throughout the capital city will be inspected by district authorities upon the governor’s order. Any illegal and dangerous billboards will be torn down for public safety during the rainy season.

In addition, the governor will meet with the BMA executives on 14 August 2012 to discuss related safety measures and penalties for owners of illegal commercial billboards.

Source: NNT

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