Pratunam street vendors petition to stay

Pratunam street vendors petition to stay

A small group of street vendors in the Pratunam area on Monday petitioned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to order City Hall to review its plan to chase them off the sidewalks, arguing it would kill “Bangkok’s charm.

About 30 Pratunam street vendors led by Chaiya Termpongchareonkij submitted the request via the PM’s Office public service centre. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has announced it is revoking permits for streetside trading in designated areas from 10am to midnight, stretching from Phetchaburi Soi 17 (opposite Pantip Plaza) to Soi 33, and from Pratunam intersection to the Indra Regent hotel on Ratchaprarop Road.

About 600 vendors were ordered to relocate to other markets in Soi Phetchaburi 29 and the districts of Bangkapi and Klong San by Thursday this week. Mr Chaiya claimed he and other vendors only learned about the relocation order through media reports, and said city officials had never talked to them about the move – which would seriously affect their livelihood.

His group disagreed with the order. Pratunam market had served as a popular walking street that pulled in tourists and boosted the grassroot economy for a long time. The area was part of the city’s “charm”, he added

Mr Chaiya laid the blame on other vendors who operated illegally outside the BMA’s permitted areas. He said they made it difficult for pedestrians and disrupted the traffic. He said his group pledged to comply with city walkway regulations to help overcome pedestrians’ complaints and were willing to pay more annual tax in exchange of being allowed to continue their business as usual.

week, a total of 172 vendors who operated outside the designated areas in front of Pantip Plaza and along Ratchaprarop Road moved to other market areas.

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Original story from Bangkok Post 14th March

Pratunam Market is next to be cleared – a tragedy for Bangkok?

Pratunam Market is next to be cleared – a tragedy for Bangkok?

Pratunam’s Flashy, Trashy Fashion to be Swept Away

A pedestrian walks through stalls specializing in apparel and fashion items in Bangkok’s Pratunam area.
Photo: Jef1947 / Flickr

By Sasiwan Mokkhasen
Staff Reporter at Khaosod English – Click here to see the original Khaosod English report

BANGKOK — The sidewalks of Pratunam, the nation’s biggest clothing bazaar, are the next target for the cleanup broom powered by a government tidiness campaign.

Nearly 700 street stalls will soon be gone from the area famous for affordable fashion as City Hall tightens up code enforcement and moves forward with its cleanliness and order campaign.

More than 100 street stalls located on the sidewalk outside an area where they’ve been allowed were ordered to leave by March 8, according to District Chief Chatree Wattanakhejon in Matichon Online. Another 576 stalls lawfully operating on the sidewalk will soon be forced out when the city revokes their permits to clear the sidewalks.

As has become a routine, authorities have prepared alternate sites for the vendors that many are likely to find objectionable. Three hundred vendors will be asked to move to a private market on Soi Phetchaburi 29, while a market in the Bang Kapi district can accommodate 1,000 vendors. A third at the Kuuk Kuk Tha Din Daeng Market can hold 600 vendors.

The biggest destination for clothes and fashion-related everything, Pratunam Market is known for selling at wholesale prices. It is situated in the heart of Bangkok at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetchaburi roads in the Ratchathewi district.

District Chief Chatree said the reorganization plan was recently submitted to City Hall and vendors would have a later opportunity to discuss the matter.

Since the military government announced its policy to reclaim public space after it seized power in 2014, Bangkok has cleared a number of its informal markets well-known to both locals and tourists. The latest recently cleared spot was the famous Pak Khlong flower market.

The campaign has been met with cheers by those who want a tidier capital city and criticized by those who see a loss of its unique culture and attractions.

Added by blog author Barbara Simmons:

At present Pratunam Market sidewalk is closed every Monday and it truly looks like a sad, deserted, lonely and dirty ghost town. Is that what they have in mind for all of our precious City? I hope not, as will many thousands of tourists who come to the Big Mango to soak up their days wandering through these iconic markets picking up bargains along their way.

Pratunam Market closed on Mondays

Pratunam Market closed on Mondays

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