The Transport Ministry plans to urgently renovate the run-down Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak), also known as Mo Chit 2, following a complaint by an opposition MP, according to Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit.
Mr. Suriya directed Transport Company Ltd to repair broken facilities and resolve security issues highlighted in a complaint presented by Suphanat Meenchainan, a representative of the Move Forward Party for the Chatuchak, Bang Khen, and Lak Si areas.
Minister Suriya attributed the issues raised by Mr. Suphanat to neglect and poor maintenance during the previous government’s tenure.
He acknowledged the problems and confirmed that the current government is actively working to resolve them.
In preparation for New Year travel, Mr. Suriya has instructed transport authorities to monitor and address issues like drunk driving and drug use.
Following Mr. Suphanat’s report of 14 issues at Mo Chit 2, public criticism escalated over the terminal’s inadequate services, faulty facilities, and safety and convenience concerns, especially given the upcoming busy holiday season.
The reported problems include damaged equipment and restrooms, areas with poor lighting, security blind spots, and insufficient transportation links.
The Transport Company Ltd, responsible for operating state-run interprovincial buses, released a statement explaining difficulties in obtaining spare parts for some broken facilities, such as the terminal’s 26-year-old escalators.
The company also addressed concerns regarding unused space at the terminal, stating that it is currently being transformed into a transport hub as part of the ministry’s policy.
An area outside the terminal, previously a commercial zone, remained unrented during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Transport Company has plans for its renovation next year.
After the company’s statement, Mr. Suphanat criticized their justification as unsatisfactory.
He argued that despite receiving funding eight months ago, the company failed to repair the escalators. He also noted that homeless individuals have occupied some of the unused buildings.
Mr. Suphanat expressed concern about the poor state of Mo Chit 2, emphasizing its negative impact on tourism and economic activity in cities connected to this vital interprovincial bus hub.