The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) has said electrical cables and power lines on 48.6 kilometers of highways in Bangkok had been successfully moved underground.
The state-owned enterprise under the Interior Ministry MEA said the project had covered 48.6 kilometers so far, including some major road areas such as Silom, Sukhumvit, Phaholyothin, Phya Thai, Rama 1, Rama IV, Ratchadamri, Ratchawithi, Ratchaprarop, Sri Ayutthaya, Sawankhalok, Sathu Pradit, Sawang Arom, Phitsanulok and Nakhon Sawan.
The Metropolitan Electricity Authority also explained that this is part of a government plan to make Bangkok an Asean metropolis.
As part of its efforts, the underground cable project has been continuously transformed into an underground electrical cable system. It aims to accelerate the construction of a smart metropolitan city for the sufficiency and stability of the electrical system that also seeks to improve the landscape in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakarn.
Within its strategies for moving aerial power lines underground, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority has selected the necessary routes according to certain relevant factors.
These are the construction of the train, the key public services, the main road, and the commercial area. According to the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, the most important places were areas with a high demand for electricity and rapid growth in demand for electricity.
The project aims to cover a total distance of 167 kilometers.
The work is ongoing, covering a total distance of 128.2 kilometers in the Nonsi area, Rama III Road, Ratchadaphisek – Rama 9, Ratchadaphisek – Asoke, around Chitralada Royal Villa, Rama IV Road, Witthayu Road. It also covers the inner-city area (Sathorn Road, Charoen Rat Road, Chidlom Road, Phetchaburi Road, Din Daeng Road), and Henri Dunant Road along the Blue Line, Light Green, Pink, and Yellow train routes.
The remaining 38.8 kilometers are still underway, awaiting the recruiting of contractors.
This distance covers roads along the Orange Line, the Green Line Extension, and the Purple Line trains (Arun Amarin Road – Borommaratchachonnani Road – Prannok Road – Thahan Road – Pracharat 1 Road and Samsen Road).
Metropolitan Electricity Authority also said that the contractor is expected to be finalized before 2021.