Mr. Paitoon Khumpharat, Chairman of Ad Hoc Committee on the Study of Facts and Legislation Used in the Administration of Inner Rattanakosin Island Area and Its Neighboring Areas, led relevant organizations to have a site visit to monitor the progress of underground walkway construction project at Na Phra Lan Road and Maha Rat Road, Phra Nakhon District. Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) by Public Works Department has implemented Na Phra Lan Road underground walkway construction project, starting the contract on August 27, 2020 and ending the contract on February 17, 2022, with the total of 540 working days and Maha Rat Road underground walkway construction project, starting the contract on August 27, 2020 and ending the contract on August 21, 2021, with the total of 360 working days. Currently, Na Phra Lan Road underground walkway construction project has progressed about 17.49% and Maha Rat Road underground walkway construction project has progressed about 19.76%. Construction of both projects can be carried out rapidly which is ahead of schedule. It is expected that the construction projects can be completed within the time specified in the contract.

In the past, executives of Public Works Department continuously had site visits to follow up progress of the 2 construction projects and ask the contractors to accelerate the bored piling process and braced excavation process to build retaining and bracing structure to be finished according to the plan. The contractors were urged to add measures to prevent any impacts that may occur from the construction including dust pollution from PM2.5. Moreover, contractors were encouraged to amplify safety measures at the construction site and its surroundings in order to protect all commuters in the area from any impacts. All supervisors were strongly advised to coordinate with contractors to strictly inspect all laborers to be in line with measures to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.

Once the Na Phra Lan Road and Maha Rat Road underground walkway construction projects are finished, it will facilitate tourists in areas surrounding Rattanakosin Island. It is also the improvement of landscape and environment of Sanam Luang, Na Phra Lan Road and Maha Rat Road to be more beautiful and orderly.

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