The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is negotiating with the State Railway of Thailand to preserve part of the Makkasan area as a green zone.
The SRT has planned to invest 200 billion baht in building a new tourist attraction in the area to boost the agency’s revenue. Their vision has since been strongly opposed to as activists have launched an online campaign to protest against the project and proposed that the agency build a public park and a museum in place of the planned commercial complex.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumband Baripatra earlier today issued a statement on his twitter account, saying that since he received a request from the “We-Want-a Makkasan-Public-Park-and-Museum” group, he has been in contact with the SRT regarding their plans to commercialize the 500-rai plot.
The governor said that following negotiations, it is currently not possible to convert the entire area into a public green area, but that the BMA is committed to saving as much of the green space as they can.
He also made known that the City Hall has plans to transform over 200 rai of land across Bangkok into public parks.