In the continued project to clear up the city’s sidewalks, the vendors offering a vast array of stuff outside the popular shopping malls of Central Ladprao and The One Park, will be ordered to move out by the end of October.
Although the sidewalk is not a major street food hub, the area is buzzing with locals who transfer from the MRT to take one of the commuter vans parked outside the malls each night. The vendors sell everything from cheap clothing to tech accessories, but most offer more affordable dinner options than you’ll find inside the malls.
The ban came after complaints that vendors occupy the space on the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road, Khaosod English reported.
Peerapol Thawornsukcharoen, vice deputy director of the Transport Ministry, said that the State Railway of Thailand, which owns the sidewalk, will most likely “set a condition that no vendors will be allowed on the sidewalk. We expect that from October onwards, citizens will be able to conveniently use the sidewalk outside The One Park and Central Ladprao, and there will be no vendors occupying the space,” Peerapol said.
Peerapol said that the new contract may further specify which area is considered public sidewalk, or else the contract will be annulled, according to Khaosod.