BMA to open bidding for contractor to partially demolish two Soi Ruamrudee buildings
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will soon open bidding for a contractor to partially demolish the illegally-built Aetas Bangkok Hotel and Aetas Condominium on Soi Ruamrudee, Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Tuesday.
Aswin said he expected that the contractor would be selected by the middle of March.
He said the terms of reference for the bid have been completed and the BMA is now inviting contractors to bid.
The Supreme Administrative Court ruled on October 30, 2014, that the partial demolition of the Aetas hotel and Aetas condominium was to take place within 60 days, after finding construction of the buildings violated the law. However, no demolition work has taken place since then.
Aswin said the BMA has allocated Bt199 million for the demolition and the two owners of the buildings, the Larp Prathan and Thaptimtorn companies, would be billed later.
The hotel has 24 floors and the condominium has 18 floors, both higher than the legal limit of 23-metres for buildings on a small soi with the width of no more than 10 metres.
The court ruling concluded that the width of Ruamrudee was less than 10 metres so the upper floors of the two buildings must be taken down.