CONSTRUCTION firms have been hired to build the three major flood-prevention projects implemented by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and each project will take about four years, Adisak Kantee, BMA deputy permanent secretary, said.
A Bt2.4-billion project to build ferro-concrete dams and sluice gates at Klong Lat Phrao, Klong Bang Bua, Klong Thanon, Klong Song and Klong Bang Sue was given to River Engineering Co Ltd, he said. Construction should begin next month.
A Bt5.9-billion water drainage tunnel from Nong Bon Pond to the Chao Phraya River was awarded to Samprasit Co Ltd and Sino-Thai Pcl. The contract will be signed by month’s end, he said.
A Bt1-billion project to build ferro-concrete dams in eastern Bangkok and walkways along Klong Saen Saeb and Klong Nakhon Neung Khet from Klong Saen Saeb to Suwinthawong Road was awarded to S-Tec Civil and Construction Co Ltd. That contract will also be signed by month’s end.
Each project should take about four years to complete, he said.
Meanwhile, Kangwan Deesuwan, chief of the BMA’s Drainage and Sewerage Department, yesterday warned officials to prepare for a major tropical rainstorm in the next few days. He said tropical rainstorm Vamco could cause flooding, especially at 22 hotspots, including Rajvithi Road, a section of Sri Ayudhaya Road near Phaya Thai Police Station, and parts of Chaeng Wattana Road.
In Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district, 200 migrant workers living at a building site were among those affected by a storm and flash flood on Monday night. The workers and their families in Tambon Nong Pla Lai were evacuated though torrents that swept away their belongings and destroyed some shacks. Bang Lamung district chief Chakorn Kanjanawatta visited the workers yesterday as they were cleaning up the site. Pattaya City and several roads in Bang Lamung were also inundated.
The Meteorological Department yesterday warned residents in Surin, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri and Sa Kaew provinces of heavy rain and strong winds due to Vamco, while the National Disaster Warning Centre warned 14 provinces, including Chanthaburi, Trat, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani, about runoff and landslides today and tomorrow.