Bangkok Authorities to consider lenient laws for reviving abandoned buildings

Construction News
Bangkok Authorities to consider lenient laws for reviving abandoned buildings
Sathorn Unique Tower, at nearly 80 per cent complete, was left to deteriorate, its 49 stories reaching nowhere

By The Nation

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning (DPT) plan to enable owners of abandoned buildings to continue construction, expecting it to generate revenue to boost the country’s economy by over Bt100 billion.

It is also expected to create safety in citizens’ life and property and improve the country’s landscape.

A survey by BMA’s Department of Public Work found that there are 32 projects with 46 buildings remaining in Bangkok. Most of them are office buildings and condominiums which the department estimated the owners could not persist with due to the Tom Yum Kung crisis at that time.

Currently, the department has assessed a number of projects to propose to the DPT for issuing lenient laws, such as announcement or exceptions to enable owners to continue construction until completion.

A BMA officer said the reason why investors and owners could not continue construction was the new laws issued after 1997, such as Ministerial Regulation No 55, which states that the housing estate should have a space of three metres, while for buildings it is six metres.

Meanwhile, one of DPT’s officer said that the department will propose the number of abandoned buildings to Building Control Bureau for approving lenient laws.

“The Department will speed up the operation to solve these problems which most building owners are facing with non-performing loans and Ministerial Regulations on the Bangkok comprehensive plan effective from 1999,” said the officer.