Bangkok scrambles to install elevators for disabled at all BTS stations

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is scrambling to install elevators for persons with disabilities at all BTS stations in Bangkok by the end of 2017.

Bangkok Deputy Governor Amnuay Nimmano has disclosed that the administration’s work on improving accessibility to 23 BTS Skytrain stations is incomplete at 19 stations due to delays. Initially, the plan included the installation of extra elevators for persons with disabilities at every station.

The installation of the elevators at the 23 stations was supposed to be completed by Aug. 24, 2016, but officials encountered problems related to construction, demolition and the transfer of various public facilities, he said.

He went on to say that he has assigned the BMA Inspector General to inspect the causes of delays, while the Traffic and Transportation Department will prepare a plan to accelerate the construction in March, which is when the installation of extra elevators is scheduled at 4-5 stations, reported Thai News Bureau.

All BTS stations are expected to be installed with extra elevators for persons with disabilities by the end of 2017, said the BMA Deputy Governor.

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